In September 2023, the #WPDiversity group held a 2 day workshop for women in India (and other countries) who were thinking about speaking at a WordPress Meetup 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. or WordCamp 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. to help them to own their expertise and generate WordPress-related topics to give a talk on.
Diverse Speakers Program
Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community, September 23 & 24, 2023.
Facilitator: @jillbinder, @pastelito, and @annagargioni
- Number who attended: 28
- From number of cities: 14
- From number of countries: 2 (India and Costa Rica)
- Self-report increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 27%
“To the women who feel they aren’t good enough, attend this workshop to know about how we can help and encourage each other! Boost your confidence to become a speaker through this workshop. Everything worked well! From the zoom setup to great coverage of myths and why one should speak. We brainstormed ideas, discussed them, encouraged which topic is good and more appealing, and much more to learn from this workshop!”
Nikita Sawarkar, Blogger, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
“I’ll encourage everyone who has already spoken at meetups 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. or WordCamps or at some event to attend this workshop. This will leave you with simple steps on how to structure, approach the topic and clarify some myths. This is also a good opportunity to learn from other members about their experience. The setup, clear instructions, Interactive sessions are good. The exercises in the workshop were to help us to apply the knowledge right after we learned it were an excellent help!
Akshaya Rane Wed Developer, Thane, Maharashtra, India
“This foundation workshop is very insightful and helps gain confidence to speak at WordPress events. The Speaker Workshop is very well structured and helps both beginners or experienced speakers. The experience of brainstorming together helps refine our ideas and build up a solid talk. The workshop was well structured and covered all aspects right from choosing a topic to guidelines for becoming a good speaker.”
Shamali S, Web Developer, Maharashtra, India
“This workshop will be useful even beyond WordPress events, though it focuses on WordPress-related themes and the community. Another benefit is interacting with very different people than the ones at the top of the organiser groups of local events. It helps make WordPress more accessible and welcoming. This workshop is a good module if you have no experience at all in speaking and want help in conceptualizing a talk, through to tips on delivery.
Idea Smith, Wed Developer and Blogger, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!