#WPDiversity Workshops in July: Different this month!

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops this summer to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at virtual WordPress meetups and WordCamps.

Our schedule in July is different!

  • We have an event for women in Latin America (Saturday, July 11)
  • We are holding an event for 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 (Saturday, July 18)
  • We have a change to our regular workshop series for people of marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress. This month, one of the 3 workshops will be a special class on “Answering Tricky questions“! (Tuesday, July 28, Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30)

Action requested: Please invite people you know to attend these events!

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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

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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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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on May 27, 2020

Summary: Reporting on how the Diverse Speaker workshops and group coaching have been going. Talked about our upcoming workshops and roles needed to fill. The group brought up some ideas for us to consider for improving how we do things.

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on May 13, 2020

Summary: We talked about how we’re doing. (Everyone’s exhausted.) We celebrated the great success and lessons learned of April’s workshops & group coachings. We are planning the May workshops & group coachings, and I’m asking the team to help out with admin and with promoting them. We are also working through a sign-up system for them.

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Call for Participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops and Coaching in May & June

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops and group coaching sessions to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at virtual WordPress meetups and WordCamps.

Workshop 1 of 3: Who am I to be speaking? & Finding a topic that people would love to hear

– We will dispel some myths about being a speaker and answer your questions about speaking. Together we will work on overcoming the thought, “But I’m not an expert in anything”.

– Via hands-on exercises and small group discussions, we will help you come up with topics and show you how to choose one. Everyone has something they can talk about – let’s find yours.

– No prerequisite

Tuesday, May 19 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)
Tuesday, June 9 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

Workshop 2 of 3: Creating a great pitch

– Together we will write a 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. description or 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. pitch for your talk. This also doubles as helping you start to write your talk!

– Prerequisite: Please come with an idea for a talk. If you don’t have one, then please make sure you attend Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 20 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)
Wednesday, June 10 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

Workshop 3 of 3: Online stage presence

– We will give you tips for public speaking and being on camera. We will be making the improvements together in the call.

– No prerequisite

Thursday, May 21 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)
Thursday, June 11 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

You are encouraged to attend all 3 workshops in a week, but you are also welcome to attend only the sessions you wish.

The following week, we’ll have group coaching both for workshop attendees to get additional support on the material as well as open to those who haven’t taken a workshop.

Group Coaching on Zoom: Q&A and Get Feedback

People from marginalized or underrepresented groups can get help on anything related to public speaking at WordPress events, such as:

– feedback on your title and pitch
– feedback on your slides
– practising your public speaking
– feedback on improving your public speaking
– feedback on organizing your talk structure
– answering Q&A questions you are worried people will ask
– etc.

Tuesday, May 26 @ 7-8pm UTC (12-1pm PT)
Thursday, May 28 @ 4-5pm UTC (9-10am PT)
Tuesday, June 16 @ 4-5pm UTC (9-10am PT)
Thursday, June 18 @ 7-8pm UTC (12-1pm PT)

You are also welcome to attend to just watch and learn from others getting coaching.

Please note! These offerings are intended to train speakers who are members of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.

If this is you, please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-and-coaching-in-may-june-tickets-105466180184

Everyone, please help us spread the word!

P.S. Others who like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be good allies, please note that this is a closed workshop for members of marginalized or underrepresented groups only. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. If there is enough interest, we could hold a different workshop for you in the future.

We do have a couple of resources available for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster and Inclusive and Welcoming Events.

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on April 22, 2020

Summary:

I got the funding renewal! The new direction for our team for the next while. How the workshops went last week. I need a volunteer to make a notes document about the Online Stage Presence workshop. Upcoming events: Group coaching; All-women train the trainers in Latin America; TBD our group’s workshops & coaching schedule for the next few months

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Diverse Speaker Group Coaching, April 28 & 30

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is adding a second offering in April to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at virtual WordPress meetups and WordCamps.

We will be holding two group coaching sessions. People from marginalized or underrepresented groups can get help on anything related to public speaking at WordPress events, such as:

  • your title and pitch
  • your slides
  • practising your public speaking
  • organizing your talk structure
  • answering Q&A questions you are worried people will ask
  • etc.

You are also welcome to attend to just watch and learn from others getting coaching.

The sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday, April 28 @ 4-5pm UTC (9-10am PT)
  • Thursday, April 30 @ 7-8pm UTC (12-1pm PT)

Please note! This training is intended to train speakers who are members of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc. only.

If this is you, please register to attend!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) Zoom call on April 8, 2020

We did some emotional support and shared tips. I talked about our upcoming Diverse Speaker workshops next week and open coaching hours in the last week of April. We assigned team members with roles for the April classes and potential roles moving forward. We talked about the rest of the plan during the pandemic might be the same or similar to our April classes.

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Call for Participants: Diverse Speaker Workshop Online April 14-16

During this time of online events, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) would like to facilitate more diverse voices sharing knowledge and stories in the virtual space. We are going to hold a 3-part workshop, one hour each day, to help people with:

  • Dispelling some myths about speakers/speaking (Overcoming the thought, “But I’m not an expert in anything”)
  • Coming up with topics and choosing one (Answering the question, “I wouldn’t know what to talk about!”)
  • Writing a 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. description or 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. pitch
  • Online stage presence (new!)

These will all be held at 6-7pm UTC / 2-3pm ET:

  • Tuesday, April 14: Who am I to be speaking? & Finding a topic that people would love to hear (No prerequisite)
  • Wednesday, April 15: Creating a great pitch (Prerequisite: Please come with an idea for a talk. If you don’t have one, then please make sure you attend Tuesday!)
  • Thursday, April 16: Online stage presence (No prerequisite)

You are encouraged to attend all sessions, but you are also welcome to attend only the sessions you wish.

Please note! This training is intended to train speakers who are members of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.

If this is you, please sign up in the Registration form!

Everyone, please help us spread the word.

Register for the workshop session(s) now

P.S. Others who like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be good allies, please note that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. If there is enough interest, we could hold a different workshop for you in the future.

Also, we have two documents for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster and Inclusive and Welcoming Events.

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