Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on October 14, 2020

Attending: @jillbinder @cguntur @gissane @tantienhime @angelasjin @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk


Working group Community badges proposal

All attending agreed that this is a great idea. If this is something you’d like to see, we’d love your support on the post.

People asked how to get the various badges. @angelasjin shared documentation on how badges are assigned.

Workshops background

Explaining to new volunteers how our workshops work. We explained what we normally do and what experiments we have been trying during the pandemic. We had a big discussion here, answering many questions, and people shared their success stories. <3

How our latest workshop discussions have gone

In October, we tried out using the Learn WordPress discussion format.

Day 1: 2 attendees + 5 mentorsEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. + 1 assistant
Day 2: 1 attendee + 3 mentors
Day 3: 3 attendees + 3 mentors + 1 assistant

Two attendees watched the video in advance, but only one watched the correct video. (He knew this, he just ran out of time.)

Thank you to our mentors, which really helped for answering harder questions, giving tips, helping to keep the discussion going, and jumping in for getting assistance in their own talks, even:
@dani418 @allienimmons @volkswagenchick @sparklingrobots @angelasjin, @pastelito, Amina

A big thank you to the #marketing team for all of their hard work in promoting the discussions: @webcommsat@nalininonstopnewsuk, @lmurillom, and others!

Being a discussion facilitator is an easy way to help out. We have pre-written starter questions for you.

Upcoming discussions, training, and workshops planned

October 24:  Teaching meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WP event organizers how to hold our workshops. @miriamgoldman is playing our training videos and facilitating the group.

@angelasjin is running these discussions coming up:

I’m running an intermediate speaker series:

  • Tues, Nov 17: Improving your pitch
  • Wed, Nov 18: Intermediate online stage presence
  • Thurs, Nov 19: Story-telling: How to make a story out of a tech topic

Watch for the sign-up info coming soon at

People asked how they can help promote these. @webcommsat and @nalininonstopnewsuk shared:

Follow #WPDiversity on:

Volunteer opportunities

  1. Discussion facilitators
  2. Workshop mentors
  3. Workshop assistants (for background admin items)
  4. A little need: A meeting reminder-er. As far as we know, there isn’t a way to automate them on the channel we are speaking on right now. So a person who can go in and manually put reminders here!