Meetup Organizers: Got diverse speakers? Got any speakers?

Hello 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. organizers!

How are you doing with getting speakers for your events these days? Has it been tough?

If you _are_ getting speakers, have you had trouble getting women and people from other marginalized and underrepresented groups (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, or age, etc.) to speak at your meetups?

We are holding two proven, effective workshops for you and your underrepresented communities in March 2021.

They are the same content. One is for the global community and the other is for the Great Lakes area (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Kingston, Durham, etc.).

How would it feel to have a diverse speaker roster excited to speak at *your* meetup? Or if you’re not holding a meetup right now, giving your meetup community talk to attend at nearby meetups online?

We would like to invite you (yes you, the organizer, if you can) to attend the workshop along with underrepresented members of your community.

You’ll be able to support the participants to create great content that your meetup members would want to hear! (You’ll also be invited to do the exercises yourself, which will help everyone feel more comfortable participating, and also help you in your own speaker journey.)

All you need to do is send the message below to your meetup announcements. And also, if you can, to attend yourself.

(Even if you don’t think that there are underrepresented members in your community, a message like this will appeal to the people who have not been attending and you are likely to see new faces.)

Event for the Great Lakes area (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London Kingston, Durham, etc.):
March 4, 2021 @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WP Events #Diversity&Inclusion

Event for the global community:
Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm UTC: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity

If you can attend, sign up now. Either way, please send the following message to your meetup announcements:


Message for the Great Lakes to send to your meetup announcements:

Hello! This is a message for people from marginalized and underrepresented groups in our community in terms of gender (women, trans, binary, etc.), race, class, sexuality, ability, or age, etc.

Does the thought of speaking at one of our meetups intrigue you? This is a workshop for people from marginalized and underrepresented groups who have thought about speaking at a meetup.

The focus of this hands-on session 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, boost your speaking confidence, and allow you to practice speaking in a safe space.

At the end of the workshop, you will have a few ideas for talks that the community wants to hear!

I will be attending the workshop, too. Please join me March 4, 2021 at 7-8:30pm EST!

Grab your spot now: https://www.meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/276270767/

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Tweets

Here is a tweet you could put out to help more people get interested in coming to the event with you:

#Marginalized or #underrepresented in #WordPress?

Intrigued about public speaking at a WP meetup?

Unsure on how to choose a topic?

Join me at this free, interactive workshop for the Great Lakes meetups March 4, 2021 at 7-8:30pm EST.
Sign up now: https://www.meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/276270767/


Message for all meetups to send to your meetup announcements:

Hello! This is a message for people from marginalized and underrepresented groups in our community in terms of gender (women, trans, binary, etc.), race, class, sexuality, ability, or age, etc.

Does the thought of speaking at one of our meetups intrigue you? This is a workshop for people from marginalized and underrepresented groups who have thought about speaking at a meetup.

The focus of this hands-on session 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, boost your speaking confidence, and allow you to practice speaking in a safe space.

At the end of the workshop, you will have a few ideas for talks that the community wants to hear!

I will be attending the workshop, too. Please join me Thursday, March 18th at 5:30pm-7pm UTC (1:30pm-3:00pm ET / 10:30am-12pm PT)!

Grab your spot now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-own-your-expertise-start-speaking-at-wordpress-events-wpdiversity-tickets-143121774079

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Tweets

Here is a tweet you could put out to help more people get interested in coming to the event with you:

#Marginalized or #underrepresented in #WordPress?

Intrigued about public speaking at a WP meetup?

Unsure on how to choose a topic?

Join me at this free, interactive workshop March 18, 2021 at 5:30pm-7pm UTC.
Sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-own-your-expertise-start-speaking-at-wordpress-events-wpdiversity-tickets-143121774079

#wpdiversity, #wpdiversityworkshops