Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity)

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The Diverse Speaker Training group has been in existence since late 2017. As of mid-2021, the working group expanded the offerings for MeetupMeetup 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 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. organizers to include:

Program 1: Diverse Speaker Workshops

Have you ever had trouble getting people from marginalized and underrepresented groups (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) to speak at your 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 WordCamps?

Our group holds interactive, hands-on, transformational Diverse Speaker workshops for people from underrepresented groups in WordPress. The workshops bust through people’s obstacles to public speaking. People report a 20% increase in public speaking confidence. Our material covers:

  • The Myths of Being a speaker (aka Impostor Syndrome)
  • Finding a Topic for a WordPress Talk
  • Writing the Pitch for your WordPress Talk
  • Creating Your WordPress Talk
  • Becoming a Better Speaker
  • Creating Great Slides

The video content is available to everyone in WordPress on Learn (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4; English Lesson Plan; Japanese lesson plan, Spanish (Latin American lesson plan), and we hold workshops / watch parties in real-time for people from underrepresented groups. Doing it in closed groups helps people open up about vulnerable challenges and gives people immediate feedback on their topics, pitches, and outlines. Both of these are key to helping people overcome Impostor Syndrome.

Some of the benefits we’ve seen from communities attending or hosting these workshops include:

  • Tripling the number of speaker applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Groups who’ve started at 10% or fewer speakers from marginalized or underrepresented groups have grown to have 50% or more speaker representation.
  • More dynamic and interesting events and communities – when people see themselves represented on the speaker lineup, more people want to come to your events.

“Before taking the workshops, I didn’t have the confidence for public speaking. Thanks to these sessions, I can relax, gather my thoughts, and proceed with my presentation. I would recommend this workshop to people of color in the WordPress ecosystem. You belong here; it’s a no-judgment zone where you can find your authentic voice.”

– TC, Learner Advocate, @codebrother1, USA

“The Diversity Speaker training workshops we ran at local meetups using this material
were highly successful and helped us achieve an unprecedented 60% of women speakers
that year. I highly recommend it to anyone who is conscientious of encouraging more
women and other diverse groups to speak at WordPress events.”

– Nichole Betterley, 2017 WordCamp Seattle Speaker WranglerWrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors.

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Questions and Answers:

Question: “I have a meetup or WordCamp coming up and would love to have this workshop for my community. Can we do this?”

Answer: Yes! We would be happy to hold a workshop to help you get more diverse speakers for YOUR upcoming WordCamp. Or you can hold one yourself — we show you how. Please fill out the form below to set either of these up.

Question: “But there are no people from underrepresented groups in my community!”

Answer: Time and again, when the event is posted properly (which you’ll learn how), we see folks who have never come out to an event before attend this workshop and then start participating in the community.

Question: “I’m an organizer and I want to take this workshop myself. Can I?”

Answer: Most of our workshops are open to organizers as well. We would love it if you yourself attended a workshop or watched our videos online. It would be great for you to get to know our work better, plus also help improve your own public speaking confidence. It is also one of the ways to learn how to hold the workshop yourself.

Find out about upcoming workshops here

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New – Program 2: Diverse Speaker Support

With the loss of in-person events, the road between workshop and speaking has become harder. We want to help people get on stage more quickly — and to help you get great speakers as soon as possible.

We have start a new SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel #diverse-speaker-support where you can meet potential speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups. This Slack channel is for:

  • Anyone from your community who takes the Diverse Speaker Training workshop.
  • Event organizers seeking speakers for diverse and inclusive events. 
  • Experienced speakers and community members who want to help mentorMentor 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. new speakers.
    • We ask that speaker mentorsMentor 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. take our Allyship workshop first.

It’ll be a great, safer space for people to feel comfortable to workshop their talk ideas, pitches, and outlines with yourself and with the group.

Join our channel here now:

  1. Video on how to join the WordPress Slack: http://bit.ly/setupwp2slack
  2. Join: #diverse-speaker-support

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New – Program 3: Allyship Program

Want to be a good ally but feel deeply uncomfortable getting it wrong? Want to create welcoming and inclusive spaces?

After the events of 2020, organizers are telling us that they are more aware of diversity issues, but at the same time, feel nervous about it.

This is why have launched a new Allyship Program.

We train WP event organizers and WP contributors with the “Allyship for WordPress event organizers” workshop. People report a 52% increase in an increase in preparedness to hold an inclusive event.

We cover 5 topics:

  1. Mindset shift: Shifting the way you think about diversity
  2. Community: How to attract and foster a diverse community
  3. Environment: Creating a welcoming environment, both in-person and online
  4. Speakers and Leaders: How to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to step up to be speakers and leaders
  5. Allyship: How to be a better ally

This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future.

This program is in quarterly cohorts:

  • Month 1: A private, supportive, hands-on, interactive workshop over Zoom. You will walk away with an action list to start making changes right away.
  • Month 2: Public Slack coaching on #community-events on the WordPress Slack
  • Month 3: Public Slack accountability on #community-events on the WordPress Slack

Once you have gone through one quarterly cohort, we would love it if you continue on in the Slack coaching and accountability in future quarters. You are also always welcome to take the workshop again as well.

“I loved taking the “Allyship for WordPress Event Organizers” workshop along with other organizers and hearing what they’ve done. The checklists in the workbook are helpful in terms of tracking what I have done and what I can still improve. I’d love to see ALL THE ORGANIZERS go through this. This felt like a great complement to other material that WordPress has about not disparaging people; the focus of the Allyship workshop was on how to be actively welcoming.”

– Sallie Goetsch, organizer, East Bay WordPress Meetup

To be notified of upcoming workshops, please join the #community-events channel on the WordPress Slack:

How to join:

  1. Video on how to join the WordPress Slack: http://bit.ly/setupwp2slack
  2. Join: #diverse-speaker-support

Questions? Comments? Want help getting on the WordPress Slack?

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