Diversity Speaker Training Workshop

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Have you ever had trouble getting women and people from other underrepresented groups to speak at your meetups and WordCamps?

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#wpdiversity) has a series of hands-on, effective lesson plans for you. These lessons:

  • bust through impostor syndrome
  • help folks find a topic
  • help the future speakers create their title, pitch, bio, and outline
  • discusses better speaker tips
  • give the participants a chance to practise speaking
  • and helps build confidence



In 2018, the group supported and advised 55 WordPress communities in 26 different countries. New speakers were trained in 12 different WordPress meetup groups in the US, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Venezuela.

“All of the communities that held this workshop experienced a real change in the speaker roster for their annual conferences; many of their WordCamps went from having 10% women speakers to having 50% or more women speakers in less than a year. In 2017, Seattle had 60% women speakers and in 2018, Vancouver had 63%.”

– “Want to See a More Diverse WordPress Contributor Community? So Do We.”, Automattic blog post


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Interested? Here are the steps: Interested? Here are the steps:

1. What is this workshop? 1. What is this workshop?

Watch this 2-minute video and determine if this workshop is right for your group:


(Optional: You can learn more about it in this 20 minute talk + 20 minute Q&A: Empowering Speakers: Journey To Encourage Women and Other Diverse Groups at WordCamps  slides)

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2. Let us know that you are going to run the workshop 2. Let us know that you are going to run the workshop

Fill out this form, please:

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3. Let us know that you have run the workshop 3. Let us know that you have run the workshop

We will ask you for info to put up on our future page highlighting this work to the community:

  • How many participants from underrepresented groups did you have
  • A picture of your workshop (anyone can opt out from being in the photo)
  • Any stories that we can highlight
  • To fill out a questionnaire letting us know how it went

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4. Resources and Speaker Mentorship 4. Resources and Speaker Mentorship

Diverse participants of the workshop will have access to feedback from speaker mentors. Once we get the questionnaire back, we will send you a page of resources to share with the participants including how they can book a session with a speaker mentor. Please write to us let us know you have run ttouch base with us after you have run the workshop.

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