Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshop Discussions and a Training – October 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps.

In October, we are trying something new. Using the new Learn WordPress platform, you can watch the workshops at your own time and pace. Then join us for live discussions and getting feedback on the exercises you did with the videos (topic, title, pitch, bio, camera confidence).

Discussion Group: Who am I to be speaking? + Finding a topic for a WP event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 5-6pm UTC

To prepare for this discussion, please have attended the workshop this summer or watch this workshop in advance: https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/diverse-speaker-training-workshop-part-1/

We invite you to do the exercises along with the video, and bring your answers to the discussion group to get feedback.

This workshop is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past and explore how to move past your fears, generate WordPress-related topics to give a talk on, and boost your speaking confidence.

Sign up: https://www.meetup.com/learn-wordpress-discussions/events/273494801/

Discussion Group: Writing a pitch for being accepted to speak at a WP event

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 5-6pm UTC

To prepare for this discussion, please have attended the workshop this summer or watch this workshop in advance: https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/diverse-speaker-training-workshop-part-2/

We invite you to do the exercises along with the video, and bring your title, pitch, and bio to the discussion group to get feedback.

This workshop is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to look at creating a workshop description (aka pitch) and bio that has a higher chance of being accepted by speaker selection committees.

Sign up: https://www.meetup.com/learn-wordpress-discussions/events/273494834/

Discussion Group: Online Stage Presence for speaking at WordPress events

Thursday, October 8, 2020

To prepare for this discussion, please have attended the workshop this summer or watch this workshop in advance: https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/online-stage-presence/

This workshop is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to have better stage presence – in general for any stage, as well as specifically for presenting from your computer for online events.

Sign up: https://www.meetup.com/learn-wordpress-discussions/events/273494869/

You are welcome to attend, 1, 2, or all 3 discussion groups.

Training: WordPress Meetups: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm UTC (AMER/EMEA)

Have you ever had trouble getting speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at your WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area., WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more., or other WordPress event?

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has a workshop for your community members that has been proven to increase how many speaker applications you receive from speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

We will teach you how to use the workshop material for your own group.

Anyone from all WordPress chapter meetups around the world is welcome to attend.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-meetups-hold-your-own-diverse-speaker-workshop-ameremea-tickets-118520944335

P.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. We do have a few resources available for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster, Inclusive and Welcoming Events, and Encouraging Diversity in Meetups and WordCamps.

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