Meetup Organizer Newsletter: November 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the November edition of our 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 newsletter! Read on to catch up with some exciting updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local WordPress meetup group. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Online Event updates
  • Meetup organizer resources
  • News and updates

Online Event Updates

Meetup organizers can use the hashtag: #OnlineWPMeetup to promote your online meetup on social media. You can reach out to the WordPress Marketing team in the #marketing 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 if you need support with promoting your online meetup event — the team posts regular updates on local meetups in its LinkedIn page.

Featured Online Meetup Event
Several WordPress Meetup Groups in the U.S. are joining hands to organize the: WordPress “Mega Meetup”: The “Plugin Draft” Episode event on November 18, 2020 6:30 PM. The event, which features several speakers such as Adam Silver, Birgit Pauli, and Topher DeRosia, aims to highlight several useful plugins and demystify them for participants, and will also feature a host of talks and sessions. The organizers promise a fun event with a WordPress Trivia game show and a T-Shirt contest. The event is being held on Zoom, and you can sign up for it right away!

Wish to participate in more online WordPress events across the world? You can find all the upcoming online meetups around the globe at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Online 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. Updates
Check out the websites of the following  WordCamps from the past few weeks to catch up with their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

While you are at it, don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for the upcoming WordCamp Mexico Online (November 25 – 28)! Several online WordCamps are in the pipeline and will be announced soon!

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

Check out these upcoming workshops in November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the WordCamp Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

Meetup Organizer Resources

Meetup organizers can now request Community Zoom Pro accounts for their local meetup events! In order to get a Zoom Pro account for your meetup, submit a request using the zoom requests form at least a week before your event.

News and updates

  • WordPress 5.6 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 versions came out, along with the following WordPress maintenance release: Version 5.5.2 and Version 5.5.3. Feel free to help test BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. releases!
  • The Core team released GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Version 9.2 (the last Gutenberg release to be featured in WordPress 5.6) and Version 9.3.
  • Take the 2020 WordPress Annual Survey now! Results of the 2019 survey are also available. Feel free to remind your meetup group to take the survey!
  • The Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. has launched its 2020 Polyglots Translator Research form. Feel free to pass it on to your meetup group, translate the announcement template into your language, and publish it on your Rosetta site (if any). You can also help out by spreading the word on Social Media by amplifying these Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn posts.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

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#meetup-organizer-newsletter

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @chaion07 @courane01 @meher @nao and @webcommsat

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

Hi WordPress Community!

This year, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) had to adapt the way we  work given the changing landscape.

Prior to 2020, we were teaching meetups how to run our workshop for their communities themselves. In the past two years, we’ve trained over 50 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 to run the workshop, and those that ran it saw a major increase in the diversity of their 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. speaker lineup. 

Given the events of 2020, we started delivering portions of the workshop to the community directly ourselves, online. We also ran a handful of meetup training sessions to meetups who reached out to us, and some of those groups ran the workshop. We’ll provide a full report of our results later this year, but so far we have reached 236 participants across 87 meetups around the world!

Now, we are taking a 20,000 foot view to re-imagine the work we are doing again, and invite your input.

Given the world changes this year, and ongoing changes in 2021:

  1. What would be the most impactful way to help organizers get more diversity in WordPress speaker lineups? (not just gender, but also race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.)
  1. What new barriers do you see coming out of 2020 that are likely to be factors in 2021?

We are looking for your ideas by November 30th. Please reply to this post with any thoughts.

Thank you @angelasjin and @andreamiddleton for helping with this post.

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on November 11, 2020

Summary: We talked about the November intermediate workshops next week, needs for volunteers (creating comprehension questions, discussion facilitators, someone to keep an eye out for social media posts about our workshops on a few accounts), reaching out to meetups to invite to our workshops, and brainstorming ideas for new direction 2021.

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#wpdiversity

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)

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.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Community Team Chat Agenda | November 5 2020

Hello Team!

Our bi-monthly Community Team chat is happening this Thursday, 05 November 2020. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: Thursday, November 05, 2020, 11:00 UTC

Americas friendly: Thursday, November 05, 2020, 20:00 UTC

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

  • Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops October & November 2020 – Jillbinder – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/16/call-for-participants-diverse-speaker-workshops-october-november-2020/
  • Addressing Mailchimp and Newsletter service privacy concerns – Hari Shanker R – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/19/addressing-mailchimp-and-newsletter-service-privacy-concerns/
  • Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2020 – Hari Shanker R – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/20/meetup-organizer-newsletter-october-2020/
  • WordCamp.org URL Migration Complete – Ian Dunn – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/27/wordcamp-org-url-migration-complete/
  • Tuesday Trainings: Organizing WordPress Meetups Part 1: Getting Started – Cami Kaos – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/27/tuesday-trainings-organizing-wordpress-meetups-part-1-getting-started/
  • Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on October 28, 2020 – Jillbinder – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/29/recap-of-the-diverse-speaker-training-group-wpdiversity-on-october-28-2020/
  • Proposal: Event Schema for WordCamp.org – Joost de Valk – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/30/proposal-event-schema-for-wordcamp-org/
  • Getting more Learn WordPress Discussion Group leaders and attendees – Timi Wahalahti – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/30/getting-more-learn-wordpress-discussion-group-leaders-and-attendees/
  • Recap of Contributor Working Group Meeting (#WPContributors) for Oct. 21, 2020 – Christina Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/30/recap-of-contributor-working-group-meeting-wpcontributors-for-oct-21-2020/
  • Proposal follow-up: Dedicated communication place for deputies – forming the guidelines – Timi Wahalahti – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/02/proposal-follow-up-dedicated-communication-place-for-deputies-forming-the-guidelines/
  • Tuesday Trainings: Organizing WordPress Meetups Part 2: Supporting an Online Meetup – Cami Kaos – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/11/03/tuesday-trainings-organizing-wordpress-meetups-part-2-supporting-an-online-meetup/

Highlighted P2 posts

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.

#community-deputies, #meeting-agenda, #team-chat

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on October 28, 2020

Summary: We talked about how our workshops went in October, the Intermediate workshop series coming up in November, Spanish translations, Community badges, working on our annual report for consideration for the upcoming 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/., finding roles for a new volunteer, and how confusing it currently is to find what workshops we have upcoming.

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2020

This is the October 2020 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. newsletter. You can find the November 2020 edition of the meetup newsletter by following this link.

Hello friends,

Welcome to the October edition of our meetup organizer newsletter! We have many exciting news and updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local meetup group.

Newsletter contents:

  • Learn WordPress 
  • Meetup Organizer resources
  • Online Event updates

Learn WordPress

The Learn WordPress initiative offers WordPress video workshops that can help WordPress meetups. Check out our new workshops on Contributing to WordPress, Using the WordPress Block Editor, WordPress Troubleshooting, and the Diverse Speaker Training, topics! Have questions on these workshops? Participate in our upcoming discussion groups to get answers!

All community members can now submit their workshop ideas for the program in any language of their choice! Meetup organizers can also organize discussion groups based on workshops for their local meetup groups. You can also contribute to Learn WordPress by helping the Training team update screenshots on existing lesson plans.

Meetup Organizer Resources

  • Sponsored Zoom Pro accounts for Online Meetups: In the light of WordPress events moving online in April 2020, the Community team started offering Zoom Pro accounts for online WordCamps and special WordPress events. The team has opened up a discussion to investigate if these accounts can be made available for meetup groups. Please comment on the post to share what you need to successfully run your local meetup online, if you would like to get Paid Zoom accounts for your local meetup or if you have ideas on how to improve the process.
  • WordPress 5.5 marketing resources: Meetup groups can make use of the WordPress 5.5 marketing resources from the Marketing team and other teams. The resources consist of video presentations, slides, questions & answers, social media posts, and more – aimed at both developers and non-developers. If you would like to help out with WordPress 5.6 outreach, reach out to the team on the #marketing channel in the Make WordPress Slack.
  • Videos to help onboard WordPress contributors: Step-by-step video instructions on how to set up accounts on WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ and Make WordPress 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/. are now available on YouTube in the Marketing Team’s YouTube channel. The captioned videos are available in several languages. If you wish to add captions and voiceovers in your language for the video, get involved through the #marketing Slack channel.

Online Event Updates

Upcoming Online WordCamps
Don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for these online WordCamps! 

Upcoming Online meetups

You can find all the upcoming online meetups across the world at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Past Online WordCamps
Several online WordCamps were held successfully in the past few weeks. Did you miss these events, and would you like to catch up with them? Check out their websites to follow their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

The WordPress Translation Week

As part of the International Translation Day celebrations on September 30, a host of WordPress translation events were held from 28 September to 4 October. After a couple of weeks, the celebrations are still ongoing! You can catch recorded talks and interviews with Polyglots on YouTube. In response to requests, the Polyglots and Marketing teams are considering month-long translation periods once or twice a year to promote translations. Follow @TranslateWP, and use the #WPTranslationDay tag on Twitter to share your translation adventures. The Translation week event highlights will be published on: https://wptranslationday.org/2020-events/.

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

More workshops will be in October and November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps. Here’s a list of upcoming events for you or your members:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the 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. Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community; let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

The following people contributed to the newsletter this month: @angelasjin @chaion07 @courane01 @harishanker @hlashbrooke @jillbinder @lmurillom @meher @nao @oglekler @webcommsat and @tacoverdo

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Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops October & November 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at online WordPress Meetups, WordCamps, and other online WP events.

Training (for Event organizers)

WordPress Meetups/Event Organizers: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm UTC

Have you ever had trouble getting speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at your 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., 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., or other WordPress event?

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has a workshop for your community members that has been proven to increase how many speaker applications you receive from speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

We will teach you how to use the workshop material for your own group.

Sign up here

Workshops (for Intermediate speakers)

Now that we have held a number of beginner workshops, some are ready to go deeper into intermediate topics. You do not need to have attended our previous workshops in order to attend these sessions. Having done public speaking at least once before is preferable, but is not required in order to attend these sessions.

Workshop 1 of 3: Improving your proposal for your online WP talk

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • Fine-tune your title and proposal (aka pitch) to improve your chance at getting selected to speak.
  • Helpful but not required: a pre-written pitch that you want to improve
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Workshop 2 of 3: Intermediate Online Stage Presence

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • Camera techniques: Learn what you need to look and sound good on camera
  • Becoming a better speaker: What do you want to improve in your public speaking? We will be taking questions.
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Workshop 3 of 3: Story-telling for tech talks

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • We talk a lot in our other workshops about writing your talk as a story, but how do you do that? Is it possible for a tech topic? We will cover some story-telling structures that work well for tech.
  • Helpful but not required: a topic you are wondering how to turn into a story
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Sign up here

You are welcome to attend 1, 2, or all 3 workshops.

Discussions (for new & improving speakers)

Writing a pitch for being accepted to speak at a WP event

Monday, October 19 at 4:00-5:00pm CEST

This discussion is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to look at creating a workshop description (aka pitch) and bio that has a higher chance of being accepted by speaker selection committees.

Sign up here. Please watch the workshop in advance.

Who am I to be speaking? + Finding a topic for a WP event

Monday, October 26 at 3:00-4:00 pm CEST

This discussion is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past and explore how to move past your fears, generate WordPress-related topics to give a talk on, and boost your speaking confidence.

Sign up here. Please watch the workshop in advance.

Please note! These events 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 get your ticket(s) now.

Everyone, please help us spread the word!

P.S. If you would like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be a good ally, 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 few resources available for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster, Inclusive and Welcoming Events, and Encouraging Diversity in Meetups and WordCamps.

#wpdiversity, #wpdiversityworkshops

Community Team Chat Agenda | October 15 2020

Hello Team!

Our bi-monthly Community Team chat is happening today Thursday, 15 October 2020. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 11:00 UTC

Americas friendly: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 20:00 UTC

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

  • Discussion: Pro/paid Zoom accounts for Online Meetups – Courtney P.K. – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/04/discussion-pro-paid-zoom-accounts-for-online-meetups/
  • Contributor Working Group Kick-off Meeting Agenda – Christina Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/05/contributor-working-group-kick-off-meeting-agenda-tuesday-6-october-2020-utc-1900/
  • Recap of Contributor Working Group Kickoff Meeting – Christiana Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/08/recap-of-contributor-working-group-kickoff-meeting-oct-6-2020/
  • Mistakes were made: Clarifying the Meetup Newsletter selection process – Hari Shanker R – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/12/mistakes-were-made-clarifying-the-meetup-newsletter-selection-process/
  • Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/15/recap-of-the-diverse-speaker-training-group-wpdiversity-on-october-14-2020/
  • Proposal: Community Contributor Badges for Working Group Members – Angela Jin – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/13/proposal-community-contributor-badges-for-working-group-members/
  • Contributor Working Group (#wpcontributors) Agenda for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/15/contributor-working-group-wpcontributors-agenda-for-wednesday-october-21-2020-1900utc/
  • Diverse Speaker Workshop in Japanese Report – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/15/diverse-speaker-workshop-in-japanese-report/

Highlighted P2 posts

  • Learn WordPress is Live – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/08/12/learn-wordpress-is-live/

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.

#community-team, #deputy-chat, #meeting-agenda

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!

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity