WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: November 2019

Hello 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!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter, packed full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • The WordPress Survey: Take it! Spread the word about it!
  • Join the Discussion about Community Swag
  • Video:  The History of WordPress in 4 minutes
  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • Thank you Global Sponsors!
  • Reminders

Take and promote the WordPress Survey

It’s time for our annual user and developer survey! If you’re a WordPress user or professional, we want your feedback. You can take part in the survey at this link.

Please also promote this survey among the members of your meetup group!  This document has helpful copy for encouraging your members of your group to take the survey.

Discussion: Community Swag

The community team has shortened the 18 month limit on meetup groups ordering swag packs to 12 months. There is now a discussion on the WordPress Community blog on how helpful the shortening of the limit has been? And if there is still a strong demand for this swag?

We highly recommend taking part in this discussion as a meetup organizer.

Video: The History of WordPress in 4 minutes

For the opening remarks 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. para Desarrolladores Sevilla 2019, @nilovelez put together a “History of WordPress” video, that, in just about 4 minutes, covers how WordPress has changed over the years.It took him almost three months, and 35 Docker-Compose projects and 4 virtual machines to create!

This might be a great video to share with your local community for folks to get a sense of the development of WordPress over time — check it out on WordPress.tv

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

As an organizer, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other under-represented groups to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? So have we. One of the issues that would come up is people feel they have nothing to say that audiences would want to hear.

The Diverse Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity) run by the Community Team busts through this and other obstacles.

Here is a quote from a participant:

“I have always struggled to feel confident in picking a topic others would want to hear. After taking this workshop, I have more ideas than I can possibly give talks on!”

Sign up to run the workshop here: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Upcoming training timings:

Wednesday, November 27th – 10pm – midnight UTC
Friday, December 11th, 10pm – midnight UTC

Thanking our Sponsors

A big thank you to our Global Community Gold sponsors for 2019Bluehost, Jetpack, Liquid Web, and WooCommerce.

Reminders

That’s it for now — chat with you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: October 2019

Hello 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!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • 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. US – Community Track
  • Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community
  • Meetup Kit released by WordCamp Asia
  • Tips on getting more speakers to your meetup
  • Reminders

WordCamp US – Community Track

This year WordCamp US is holding its first ever community track. This track will feature workshops and interactive presentations designed to include the audience.

Here is what is being covered on the community track:

Creating A Welcoming And Diverse Space
A workshop to create WordPress events in person or online; on how to create a welcoming and diverse space.

Grow Your Meetup
This workshop will cover some popular ideas around marketing tactics, meetup formats and ideas along with WordCamps to grow your meetup. Check out their Grow your meetup Survey!

Running A Successful Contributor Day
This workshop will cover how to go about running a contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. for WordCamp that has never done it before. It might also be useful for Contributor meetups.

Organizing A WordCamp While Staying Sane
This workshop will explore tools, software and techniques to remove barriers and make running a WordPress meetup easier.

Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp US 2019 is happening on Nov 1-3 and, to allow people all over the world to enjoy the great content, the organising team is opening up a live stream of the event.

This live stream will available for free all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. It is also a great way to watch “State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/.” by Matt Mullenweg the founder of WordPress.

You can organize a “WordCamp US Live Stream Party” or a “State of the Word Live Stream Party” with your local meetup.

You can view the live stream by visiting the WCUS homepage.

WordCamp Asia 2020 Meetup Kit

The WordCamp Asia team in an effort to reach out to more meetups to learn about their first flagship WordCamp – have put together some useful resources as part of a meetup kit for organizers.

You can view the WordCamp Asia 2020 meetup kit here

Tips on getting more speakers to your meetup

Topher wrote a post on the community blog sharing a couple of tricks to get more speakers to your meetups.

One would be to encourage live remote speakers using video conference to talk about a topic that your meetup group wants to know more about but do not have a local speaker.

The other tip, suggests watching a session from WordPress.TV and then to have a round-table discussion around content at the meetup. Maybe have the speaker from the video available to take questions via chat.
You can read more about it here.

Reminders

That’s it for now — chat with you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: September 2019

Hello 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!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • WordPress Organizer Meetup Roundtable
  • WordPress 5.3 Bug Scrub
  • Reminders

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. US – Community Track

This year WordCamp US is holding its first ever community track. This track will feature workshops and interactive presentations designed to include the audience.

Here is what is being covered on the WCUS community track:

Creating A Welcoming And Diverse Space

A workshop to create WordPress events in person or online; on how to create a welcoming and diverse space.

The  group are running a pre WordCamp US workshop on 6th October 2019, online. You can participate in it by looking up more details here

Grow Your Meetup

This workshop will cover some popular ideas around marketing tactics, meetup formats and ideas along with WordCamps to grow your meetup.

Running A Successful Contributor Day

This workshop will cover how to go about running a contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. for WordCamp that has never done it before. It might also be useful for Contributor meetups.

Organizing A WordCamp While Staying Sane

This workshop will explore tools, software and techniques to remove barriers and make running a WordPress meetup easier.

WordPress Organizer Meetup Roundtable

Sometimes Meetup organizers can find themselves stuck  and are looking for inspiration to improve their events.

The WordPress Organizer Meetup Roundtable are great discussions by some very experienced organizers and would be a great resource for meetup organizers.

WordPress 5.3 Bug Scrub

WordPress 5.3 is slated to releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. in November. That means bug scrubs will happen weekly all the way up to the final release. You could share this schedule with your meetups to get them involved in participating and contributing to coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

Here is the link to the WordPress 5.3 Bug Scrub Schedule.

Reminders

That’s it for now — chat with you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

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Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for September 2019

It’s about that time again, when we start preparing the September 2019 edition of the 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 newsletter.

If there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, please comment/leave your ideas/suggestions in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until the 20th of September 2019.

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: August 2019

Hello 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!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • Organizer Best Practices: How to address panic
  • New event format from the Perth WordPress Meetup
  • Reminders

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

As organizers, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other underrepresented groups in tech to speak at your meetups and WordCamps?

Check out the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity): https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Check out their new Intro video (2 min) that explains what this workshop is all about!

This is now up on their page, along with:

  • A new description
  • Updated results
  • The new four step process for meetups to take to run the workshop

Check it out here: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Upcoming training timings:
– Sept 4 at 11am-1pm UTC

Sign up at http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Organizer Best Practices: How to address panic

As an organizer of community events, you might run into situations when you need to address panic. This post on the WordPress Community blog, looks at important ways to recognize stressed behaviours and 4 steps to address panic.

There are also listed ways to get in touch with the WordPress Global Community Team, who are very likely to have through their combined experience, would be able to help you in the best ways possible.

This is part of the on-going Organizer Best Practices series of discussions on the WordPress Community team blog.

New event format from Perth WordPress Meetup

The Perth (Western Australia) meetup decided to change up the format of their regular meetup, and they have had some great feedback about it.

Based on the feedback they received, they found members who were developers found some talks not technical enough, and for members who were users they were sometimes too technical.

So for every topic they organizer a meetup around they added a second talk. Their format now is

– Technical Talk
– Networking
– User Talk
– Q & A with ‘the panel’

This is also a great example of using feedback from attendees to iterate on meetup formats.

Reminders

That’s it for now — chat with you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: July 2019

Hello 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!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • Call for volunteers: Handbook Working Group
  • 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. for Publishers: Viewing Party
  • Reminders

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

“I found the workshop incredibly helpful. I was feeling quite unsure about my upcoming WordPress meetup talk. I have honed in the topic and brainstormed a dozen other topics for the future!”

 – Vancouver workshop participant

As organizers, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other underrepresented groups in tech to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? Check out the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity): https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Sign up to run the workshop here: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Upcoming training timings:

– Wednesday, July 24 at 9pm-11pm UTC
– Thursday, Aug 8 at 9am-11am UTC
– Wednesday, Aug 21 at 9pm-11pm UTC

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

“I found the workshop incredibly helpful. I was feeling quite unsure about my upcoming WordPress meetup talk. I have honed in the topic and brainstormed a dozen other topics for the future!”

 – Vancouver workshop participant

As organizers, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other underrepresented groups in tech to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? Check out the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity): https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Sign up to run the workshop here: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Upcoming training timings:

 – Wednesday, July 24 at 9pm-11pm UTC

 – Thursday, Aug 8 at 9am-11am UTC

 – Wednesday, Aug 21 at 9pm-11pm UTC

Call for volunteers: Handbook Working Group

As a meetup organizer, you might be aware of our helpful handbooks which provide a lot of information about the meetup program. There is currently a call for volunteers for the handbook working group

The goal of the group is to facilitate an audit and rework part of the content/information architecture to make them more useful than ever, and plan for future growth.

As meetup organizers if you are interested in volunteering for this project, go ahead and read up more info at this link.

WordCamp for Publishers: Viewing Party

Many WordCamps stream their content live all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it.

If you can’t travel to a WordCamp, then the live stream is a great way to share in the content of the event along with other local WordPress enthusiasts.

WordCamp for Publishers: Columbus is a community-organized event bringing together folks who use WordPress to manage publications, big or small. 

This event will empower participants by coaching them on best practices, and encourage collaboration in building open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. tools for publishers.

WordCamp for Publishers is working on a live stream for the day which will be available at https://2019-columbus.publishers.wordcamp.org/livestream/

Reminders

That’s it for now — chat with you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team
make.wordpress.org/community

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It’s time to start preparing…

It’s time to start preparing the the July 2019 edition of the 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 newsletter.

If there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, please comment/leave your ideas/suggestions in the comments on this post.

We’ll gather comments here for one week until the 17th of July 2019 19th of July 2019.

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project

Thanks!

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