Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops October & November 2020

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

Training (for Event organizers)

WordPress Meetups/Event Organizers: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm UTC

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.

Sign up here

Workshops (for Intermediate speakers)

Now that we have held a number of beginner workshops, some are ready to go deeper into intermediate topics. You do not need to have attended our previous workshops in order to attend these sessions. Having done public speaking at least once before is preferable, but is not required in order to attend these sessions.

Workshop 1 of 3: Improving your proposal for your online WP talk

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • Fine-tune your title and proposal (aka pitch) to improve your chance at getting selected to speak.
  • Helpful but not required: a pre-written pitch that you want to improve
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Workshop 2 of 3: Intermediate Online Stage Presence

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • Camera techniques: Learn what you need to look and sound good on camera
  • Becoming a better speaker: What do you want to improve in your public speaking? We will be taking questions.
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Workshop 3 of 3: Story-telling for tech talks

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • We talk a lot in our other workshops about writing your talk as a story, but how do you do that? Is it possible for a tech topic? We will cover some story-telling structures that work well for tech.
  • Helpful but not required: a topic you are wondering how to turn into a story
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Sign up here

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

Discussions (for new & improving speakers)

Writing a pitch for being accepted to speak at a WP event

Monday, October 19 at 4:00-5:00pm CEST

This discussion 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 here. Please watch the workshop in advance.

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

Monday, October 26 at 3:00-4:00 pm CEST

This discussion 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 here. Please watch the workshop in advance.

Please note! These events are intended to train speakers who are members of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.

If this is you, please get your ticket(s) now.

Everyone, please help us spread the word!

P.S. If you would like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be a good ally, please note that this is a closed workshop for members of marginalized or underrepresented groups only. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. If there is enough interest, we could hold a different workshop for you in the future.

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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