Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops February and March 2021

During the pandemic, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has been delivering our Diverse Speaker workshop to the global WordPress community online directly.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

February 2021

Workshop / “Learn” Watch Party Hybrid

In February, we tried out a new format for the first time: A 1.5 hour “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party” for WordPress event organizers and their underrepresented community members. We played the video on Learn, paused for exercises on camera, and held discussions in the text chat.

We got a great response from attendees. It was a successful format!

Number who attended: 7

From number of cities: 7

From number of countries: 3 (United States, Philippines, and Italy)

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 40%

March 4, 2021

Workshop for Ontario and New York (Great Lakes)

For March 4, 2021, I worked with Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 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. organizer @tantienhime to put on an event for the Great Lakes Area, including Ontario and New York meetups. (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Kingston, Durham, and any other meetups that may wish to include their members).

Members of the Diverse Speaker Training group @volkswagenchick and @sparklingrobots facilitated the live workshop.

Number who attended: 13

Not all let us know where they are from, so this is the info we were able to gather:

From number of cities: 5

From number of countries: 2 (United States and Canada)

March 18, 2021

Impromptu Panel / Discussion

We scheduled the workshop / watch party hybrid again for March 18, 2021. The only attendees were 3 volunteers from the Diverse Speaker Training group. We turned it into a panel / discussion about what organizers can do to help more people from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at events, especially regarding:

– what immediate actions organizers can take
– reaching more people with our team’s workshops
– helping to create a more direct path from our workshops to speaking at meetups/WordCamps

Plans for May 2021: Philippines

In May 2021, Diverse Speaker Training team member @onealtr is planning to hold a hybrid workshop / watch party for the Philippines and countries that work in similar time zones!

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events

The potential date may be Sunday, May 16, 2021 in the afternoon.

Please watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for this workshop announcement soon!

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

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Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops November 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves. We are also starting to slowly reintroduce the original trainings for organizers as people’s bandwidth is slowly increasing.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

Workshop series

In November, we ran our second “Intermediate” speaker three-part workshops series for individuals.

Number who attended: 8
From number of cities: 8
From number of countries: 3 (United States, Philippines, and Nigeria)

Number who attended all 3 workshops: 4

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 100% (!)

These are the stats for the events run by @jillbinder. Others have been facilitating discussion groups for our recordings up on Learn WordPress as well. (The stats for the others are not yet available at this time.)

Testimonial

“The workshops were surprisingly really helpful to improving my sense of confidence and ability in creating talks from scratch!”
– Time Darden, Software Developer, Brooklyn, NY

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

Input Requested

We are re-imagining our group’s work for 2021 and we’d love to hear your thoughts:

[Input Requested] Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity)

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Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops and Train the Trainers October 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves. We are also starting to slowly reintroduce the original trainings for organizers as people’s bandwidth is slowly increasing.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

October 2020

Discussion Group

In October, we ran our first Discussion Groups based on the workshops we have uploaded to Learn WordPress.

These are the stats for the 3 groups run by @jillbinder in October. Others have begun running discussions as well. (The stats for the others are not yet available at this time.)

Number who attended: 11
From number of cities: 10
From number of countries: 4 (Thailand, Spain, Costa Rica, United States)

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 11%

Training event organizers

Normally, our team holds frequent trainings teaching WP meetups, WordCamps, and now other WP online event organizers how to run the Diverse Speaker workshops. (“Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop” or “Train the Trainers”).

In October, we held one session.

Number who attended: 0

Upcoming in November

A reminder that we are holding an Intermediate workshop series November 17 – 19, 2020. For people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who have spoken at least once before, or who have not spoken yet and are willing to dive deeper.

Special topic on November 19, 2020: Story-telling for tech talks

Read more and sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intermediate-wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-november-2020-tickets-125564150755

Please help us spread the word! Share the link above, or help us reshare social media posts which will be put out by the #marketing team this coming week.

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Diverse Speaker Workshop in Japanese Report

In August, we held a diversity speaker training in Japanese.
We held the training on August 16th, and those who attended were invited to speak at 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. Ogijima 2020 on September 6th.

Announcement (Japanese) https://ogijima.wordcamp.org/2020/diversity-speaker/

Overview

Date: August 16, 2020
Time required: 3.5 hours
Participants: 4 signups
Facilitators: Junko Nukaga @nukaga, Shusei Toda @st810amaze

Tools

We used Zoom and Miro to do the training.

As we progressed, we put sticky notes in Miro and proceeded to brainstorm topics, narrowing them down and choosing one topic.

Finally, they decided on a topic, decided on a summary of the presentation, and wrote a title and summary during the training. We also shared tips on how to make a presentation.

Scripts and Slides Translation

For the script translation, we held a meeting at WordCamp Osaka 2019 Contributor Day at first. A group of volunteers met online once or twice a month and completed the translation.

Using the Google Document’s English version, we assigned a person for each chapter, translated, and reviewed. Translation work was done on a Google Document, and the final version is now published on our Handbook page.

The slide translation was done by copying the Google Slides and replacing the English words with Japanese.

Thanks for your help, @atachibana, @chiakikouno , @hsmt , @kappasan , @mimitips, @nao , @show-ko, @st810amaze , and @udfibonacci !

Rehearsal

Since WordCamp Ogijima 2020 was an online session, we rehearsed in advance to switch screens, see the slides, and check microphones and video.

I think it’s good that we were able to thoroughly rehearse the talks because participants said that the more they practiced, the less nervous they became, and they were able to get prepared for machine problems and unexpected events.

Feedback from Participants

After the training was complete, we asked for feedback on the training itself via email. Here are some excerpts.

What was the one thing that went well?

  • Creating an outline of the speaker’s content
  • Topic selection
  • The training finished on time

What was the one thing that went wrong?

  • Title creation
  • Allocation of work time for each workpiece
  • Dictation speed (I talked too fast)
  • I didn’t know which topic to choose
  • I couldn’t look into the camera and talk

Was there anything you would like to change?

  • I want to change my lack of confidence
  • I’d like to get used to speaking publicly
  • I want to have more of variation in my slide design
  • I’m going to adjust the camera’s position better

Is there anything else we can do for you besides what you did?

  • I think it would have been very helpful to have international case studies of (easier-to-adopt) talk topics by the participants of this training
  • I would like to participate in more workshops about general tips on  presentation and slides

Did you ever feel nervous about anything?

  • Anytime I spoke
  • I was nervous when I had to present to people.

Other

  • The slides that you explained to us were straightforward to understand, and the flow of putting them into practice while listening to them was very well-planned
  • The literal translation was easy to understand, with explanations added as needed.
  • I think I could produce a certain output level, but I also wanted to think about it more and brush up on it.
  • It might have been nice to have the hands-on work given as pre-assignments

Participants’ Blog (Japanese)

Impressions as an Organizer

This was the first diversity speaker training in Japan. The training was well-received by those who took it, and one of the participants took the stage as a speaker.
I came up with the idea of using Miro as a training tool at the last minute to prepare for it, but with Miro, I can see the progress of the people I’m training with, and it also leaves traces of my training, so I can use it to look back.
We used Japanese translations of the script and slides, but there were some cultural differences. I’d like to brush it up by adding annotations and other supporting information.

And this report was completed with the help of @nao. Thank you!

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Reports: Diverse Speaker Workshops September 2020 & Train the Trainers July-September 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves. We are also starting to slowly reintroduce the original trainings for organizers as people’s bandwidth is slowly increasing.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

September 2020

Workshop series

In September, we ran our first “Intermediate” speaker three-part workshops series for individuals.

Number who attended: 17
From number of cities: 17
From number of countries: 4 (Nigeria, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States)

Number who attended all 3 workshops: 4
Number who attended 2 workshops: 6

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 15%

Training event organizers

Normally, our team holds frequent trainings teaching WP meetups, WordCamps, and now other WP online event organizers how to run the Diverse Speaker workshops. (“Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop” or “Train the Trainers”).

Since the pandemic, we have held them three times:

July – by special request, a training for WordPress women in Latin America

Number who attended: 27
From number of cities: 10
From number of countries: 9 (Buenos Aires, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States)

July – Global (AMER/EMEA friendly time)

Number who attended: 6
From number of cities: 5
From number of countries: 3 (Serbia, Bulgaria, United States)

October – Global (APAC/EMEA friendly time)

Number who attended: 7
From number of cities: 6
From number of countries: 2 (Japan, Indonesia)

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

October 2020 discussions & training

Love this? Come attend a workshop series!

October 6, 7, and 8 we are holding discussion groups on three of our videos posted in Learn WordPress.

On October 24, we are having a Train the Trainers for meetup organizers in AMER/EMEA.

Please watch this space for the November intermediate series, which will include a workshop on a story-writing structure for tech talks.

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Diverse Speaker Workshops Report – August 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops are going.

August 2020

August’s events consisted of a three-part workshop, one hour each day, three days in a row, and two open practise sessions.

Number who attended: 6
From number of cities: 6
From number of countries: 3 (Canada, United Kingdom, United States)

Number who attended all 3 workshops: 5
Number who attended 2 workshops: 1
Number who attended the open practise sessions: 0

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 38%

Testimonials

“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; its a no-judgment zone where you can find your authentic voice.”
– TC, Learner Advocate, @codebrother1

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

September and October 2020 workshops

Love this? Come attend a workshop series!

In September, we are featuring intermediate public speaking topics and a training for meetup organizers in APAC/EMEA.

In October, we are running the regular series for people who are thinking about getting started speaking at WordPress events and a training for meetup organizers in AMER/EMEA.

https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/09/01/call-for-participants-diverse-speaker-workshops-september-2020/

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Diverse Speaker Workshops Report – July 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops are going.

July 2020

July’s events consisted of a three-part workshop, one hour each day, three days in a row.

Number who attended: 20
From number of cities: 18
From number of countries: 12 (Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States)

Number who attended all 3 sessions: 3
Number who attended 2 sessions: 6

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking a workshop: 10%

Testimonials

“Before I took this workshop, I was unable to determine the best topic for my talk. Thanks to this session, I am able to tailor my talk to a 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. audience. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is for/looking to achieve a successful talk at WordCamp.”
– Waddell “Dell” Fields, Web Developer, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Personal Coach

“LOVED the #WPDiversity Workshop! It really inspired me to bring this type of content to the WordPress Mexico community and bring more diverse groups into speaking at our Meetups and WordCamps. ¡Muchas gracias!”
– Maryl Gonzalez – Co-Founder / Lead UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it./UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. Designer | Scrum/Agile PM – The App Chefs

August workshops and beyond

Love this? Come attend a workshop series!

Next one is August 18-20, with practise sessions on August 25 & 27: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/07/24/call-for-participants-diverse-speaker-workshops-july-august/

In September and November, we are going to be featuring intermediate public speaking topics for people of marginalized and underrepresented groups. October will be our usual beginner topics. Keep an eye out for these announcements at https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/.

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Diverse Speaker Workshops Report – June 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops are going.

June’s events consisted of a three-part workshop, one hour each day, three days in a row, followed by two Zoom group coaching sessions the following week.

Number who attended: 6
From number of cities: 5
From number of countries: 4 (Canada, India, UK, US)

Number who attended all 3 sessions: 1
Number who attended 2 sessions: 2

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking a workshop: 20%

July workshops & group coaching

The dates and sign-up link for July will be announced soon. Please comment here or pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @jillbinder on 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/. with your interest.

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Diverse Speaker Workshops Reports – April & May 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves.

Each month, we will report at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops are going. Here is a report on the first two sets of workshops.

These consisted of a three-part workshop, one hour each day, three days in a row, followed by two Zoom group coaching sessions in another week.

April 2020

Number who attended: 26
From number of cities: 21
From number of countries: 6 (Bulgaria, Costa Rica, India, Italy, Nigeria, USA)

Number who attended all 3 sessions: 5
Number who attended 2 sessions: 8

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking a workshop: 34%

Testimonials

”I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking for how to materialize their ideas and become a great WordPress speaker!”
—Ericka Barboza, Computer Engineer, San Jose, Costa Rica

”Before I took this workshop I was uncertain about the things I needed for presenting; such as choosing a topic, technical requirements for presenting via video and writing a proposal to speak. Thanks to this session, I am feel better about presenting online. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking to achieve confidence about presenting online.”
—Barbara Bastian, Newbie to WordPress, Monroe, Georgia

”Thanks to this session, I can motivate myself to do an online conference, I feel safer to have a guide to follow to carry out this type of conference. Thank you!”
—Ericka Barboza, Computer Engineer, San Jose, Costa Rica

”Before I took this workshop, I was concerned about my ability to speak calmly and confidently in public. Thanks to this session, I have added new methods of slowing my speech, making eye contact, and calming my nerves. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking to achieve greater public speaking outcomes.”
—Alisha Brown, Small Business Owner, Atlanta, GA

May 2020

Number who attended: 11
From number of cities: 11
From number of countries: 3 (Canada, Ukraine, USA)

Number who attended all 3 sessions: 6
Number who attended 2 sessions: 3

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking a workshop: 21%

Testimonials

“Before I took this workshop, I was unable to generate many talk ideas. Thanks to this session, I am able to see more ways to present my own experiences as solutions to the difficulties that other people may be encountering. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking to achieve a better-creativity state of mind for thinking up topics in a short time.”
—Sabrina Zeidan, WordPress lover, Kyiv, Ukraine

June workshops & group coaching

If you identify as someone from a marginalized or represented group, please sign up for our next set of workshops and group coachings June 9-11, June 16, and June 18 here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-and-coaching-in-may-june-tickets-105466180184

July workshops & group coaching

The dates for July will be announced soon. When they are, you will be able to use the same eventbrite link to sign up.

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