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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#wpdiversity

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

#newsletter #meetup-organizer-newsletter

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

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on October 14, 2020

Attending: @jillbinder @cguntur @gissane @tantienhime @angelasjin @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1602694969417300

Working group Community badges proposal

https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/13/proposal-community-contributor-badges-for-working-group-members/

All attending agreed that this is a great idea. If this is something you’d like to see, we’d love your support on the post.

People asked how to get the various badges. @angelasjin shared documentation on how badges are assigned.

Workshops background

Explaining to new volunteers how our workshops work. We explained what we normally do and what experiments we have been trying during the pandemic. We had a big discussion here, answering many questions, and people shared their success stories. <3

How our latest workshop discussions have gone

In October, we tried out using the Learn WordPress discussion format.

Day 1: 2 attendees + 5 mentors + 1 assistant
Day 2: 1 attendee + 3 mentors
Day 3: 3 attendees + 3 mentors + 1 assistant

Two attendees watched the video in advance, but only one watched the correct video. (He knew this, he just ran out of time.)

Thank you to our mentors, which really helped for answering harder questions, giving tips, helping to keep the discussion going, and jumping in for getting assistance in their own talks, even:
@dani418 @allienimmons @volkswagenchick @sparklingrobots @angelasjin, @pastelito, Amina

A big thank you to the #marketing team for all of their hard work in promoting the discussions: @webcommsat@nalininonstopnewsuk, @lmurillom, and others!

Being a discussion facilitator is an easy way to help out. We have pre-written starter questions for you.

Upcoming discussions, training, and workshops planned

October 24:  Teaching meetups and WP event organizers how to hold our workshops. @miriamgoldman is playing our training videos and facilitating the group.

@angelasjin is running these discussions coming up:

I’m running an intermediate speaker series:

  • Tues, Nov 17: Improving your pitch
  • Wed, Nov 18: Intermediate online stage presence
  • Thurs, Nov 19: Story-telling: How to make a story out of a tech topic

Watch for the sign-up info coming soon at https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/

People asked how they can help promote these. @webcommsat and @nalininonstopnewsuk shared:

Follow #WPDiversity on:

Volunteer opportunities

  1. Discussion facilitators
  2. Workshop mentors
  3. Workshop assistants (for background admin items)
  4. A little need: A meeting reminder-er. As far as we know, there isn’t a way to automate them on the channel we are speaking on right now. So a person who can go in and manually put reminders here!

https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/09/25/call-for-volunteers-the-diverse-speaker-training-group/

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1602699185035000

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.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Call for Volunteers: The Diverse Speaker Training Group

Have some extra time and looking for a way to give back to the community? The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) seeks volunteers!

What our team does

Getting speaker applications from people in marginalized or underrepresented groups to do public speaking at WordPress events can be a challenge. That’s why we have a training-based solution that helps us who are from these groups look at what has previously stopped us from speaking, explore how to move past our fears, develop tools for public speaking, and feel motivated.

Pre-COVID-19, we succeeded in helping many WordCamps achieve 50% speaker diversity or more! Now during COVID-19, we have shifted our focus to helping individual speakers directly. Our workshop attendees self-report a public speaking confidence increase of 10-20%!

We’re proud of this important work, and now we need your help with the following roles: 

Meeting Reminder-er

What: Send reminders on the #community-team channel on the 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/. when we are holding meetings.

When: Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, at an hour before our meeting (4pm UTC) and 5 minutes before the meeting (4:55pm UTC).

Why:

  • There are some people who rely on these reminders to attend our meetings. And the more people who attend, the more voices help shape our impact in the WordPress community
  • New people feel encouraged to attend and join the team because of these reminders.

You’re a good fit if: You want to help and want to tackle a smaller, routine task that makes a big impact. As long as the working group can count on you to show up to provide these reminders, this is also an excellent task for someone who is just starting to get involved. 

Workshop Mentors

What: At any of our monthly workshops that you are able to attend, help the facilitator answer questions, give feedback on topics and pitches from participants, answer the facilitator’s group questions to encourage participation from attendees, and start a conversation when there are moments for connection, especially before the workshop begins.

When: We hold workshops on Zoom for an hour a day, three days in a row, once a month. Sometimes we hold two additional open practise sessions of an hour each in another week. The time is usually 5-6pm or 6-7pm UTC. The week of the month is different every time, and we will give you at least a few weeks notice in advance. Workshop mentors are asked to join the Zoom call approximately 10 or 20 min in advance of the workshop start so we can all connect and check-in. Attending all workshops in a month is great, but not required. Just let us know your plans as soon as you can.

Why:

  • We have better quality workshops when there are multiple people answering questions and giving feedback. Plus this is an opportunity for you to connect with members of the WordPress community.
  • Hearing from more voices gives different perspectives and experiences, which is very important for helping more people feel more comfortable with public speaking.

You’re a good fit if: You have a strong desire to bring more diverse voices into WordPress events. You don’t need to be an expert speaker, but you’re willing to share your experience with speaking with others. You understand how important it is to make people feel comfortable on calls and want to chat with everyone to make that happen! Helpful but not required experience would be having participated in the Diverse Speaker Training Workshop yourself. 

Workshop Assistants

What: There are background admin items that need to be attended to during workshops. These include: welcoming latecomers in the text chat, letting the facilitator know if there are questions she missed in the chat, encouraging more participation from attendees by participating when you can, and, if you feel comfortable, starting a conversation when there are moments for connection, especially before the workshop begins.

When: We hold workshops on Zoom for an hour a day, three days in a row, once a month. Sometimes we hold two additional open practise sessions of an hour each in another week. The time is usually 5-6pm or 6-7pm UTC. The week of the month is different every time, and we will give you at least a few weeks notice in advance. Workshop assistants are asked to join the Zoom call approximately 10 or 20 min in advance of the workshop start so we can all connect and check-in. Attending all is great, but not required. Just let us know your plans as soon as you can.

Why:

  • Workshop assistants support the facilitator and mentors as they run the workshop, and help them better connect with attendees by making sure that no questions are missed. When workshop assistants participate in the content, it helps attendees feel more comfortable doing the same! Plus this is an opportunity for you to connect with members of the WordPress community.

You’re a good fit if: You have a strong desire to bring more diverse voices into WordPress events. You don’t need to be familiar with this workshop at all — this is a great volunteer role to get to know the workshop content! 

Learn WordPress Discussion Facilitators

What: Watch the workshop videos in advance (participants will also be asked to watch them in advance). In these sessions, you will be given questions to start a discussion about the material. Please note that you do not need to know much about the material yourself, as watching the video has all the information you need! You’ll schedule and then facilitate a conversation about the recorded workshop.

When: It would be great if you could attend the October 6, October 7 and October 8 discussion groups that I will be leading at 5-6pm UTC. Afterward, we could talk about how it went and if you would like to start being a discussion leader as early as November or early in the new year.

Why: These workshops make a big difference in the community. When more people are speaking up and making their voices heard, the more positive changes can be made . These discussion groups will make the monthly workshops easier to run. Plus, it’s an easy way for you to start speaking in public.

You’re a good fit if: You have a strong desire to bring more diverse voices into WordPress events, and are looking for an excellent way to help increase diversity of speakers at WordPress events in your local community and/or 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.. You want to start discussions with other individuals also interested in speaking at WordPress events. These discussions are scheduled on your own time, so this is a good option for people who want to set the time for their event. 

Team-members

What: We would love more team-members in the Diverse Speaker Training group. Specific roles are not currently defined, but there will be opportunities for small one-time contributions as well as bigger ongoing roles, as they come up. You are also welcome to suggest creating a new role that inspires you and will assist the team in our mission.

Even being a regular group contributor and giving feedback/opinions on what we are doing is helpful, without taking on any formal roles. :slightly_smiling_face:

When: You can participate as much or as little as you would like. We’d love it if you could attend meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 5-6pm UTC, though it is not required.

Why: Our team is proud to be making a tangible difference in the WordPress Community, and now we need your help. With more people providing their experience and energy, we will continue to do great things together!

You’re a good fit if: You have a strong desire to bring more diverse voices into WordPress events, and you want to help shape how that happens. You do not need to have any prior experience, but a willingness to share ideas, collaborate, and help define and tackle tasks would be amazing. 

Please Note

We need volunteers to help move this important initiative forward. If you have signed up for something, we are relying on you! We understand that things do come up, so if you commit to a task and are unable to complete it or fulfill your role, please tell us as early as possible. The sooner you tell us, the easier it is to make sure your task is covered! 🙂 

To Sign Up

If you have any questions, or if you are ready to volunteer, please comment on this post. 

Alternatively, you can DM @jillbinder on Slack on being a Meeting Reminder-er, Learn WordPress Discussion Facilitator, Team-member, or general questions.

You can DM @Dani Long on Slack for being a Workshop Mentor or Workshop Assistant.

Thank you very much for your time and dedication!

Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshop Discussions and a Training – October 2020

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

In October, we are trying something new. Using the new Learn WordPress platform, you can watch the workshops at your own time and pace. Then join us for live discussions and getting feedback on the exercises you did with the videos (topic, title, pitch, bio, camera confidence).

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 5-6pm UTC

To prepare for this discussion, please have attended the workshop this summer or watch this workshop in advance: https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/diverse-speaker-training-workshop-part-1/

We invite you to do the exercises along with the video, and bring your answers to the discussion group to get feedback.

This workshop 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: https://www.meetup.com/learn-wordpress-discussions/events/273494801/

Discussion Group: Writing a pitch for being accepted to speak at a WP event

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 5-6pm UTC

To prepare for this discussion, please have attended the workshop this summer or watch this workshop in advance: https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/diverse-speaker-training-workshop-part-2/

We invite you to do the exercises along with the video, and bring your title, pitch, and bio to the discussion group to get feedback.

This workshop 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: https://www.meetup.com/learn-wordpress-discussions/events/273494834/

Discussion Group: Online Stage Presence for speaking at WordPress events

Thursday, October 8, 2020

To prepare for this discussion, please have attended the workshop this summer or watch this workshop in advance: https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/online-stage-presence/

This workshop 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 have better stage presence – in general for any stage, as well as specifically for presenting from your computer for online events.

Sign up: https://www.meetup.com/learn-wordpress-discussions/events/273494869/

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

Training: WordPress Meetups: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm UTC (AMER/EMEA)

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.

Anyone from all WordPress chapter meetups around the world is welcome to attend.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-meetups-hold-your-own-diverse-speaker-workshop-ameremea-tickets-118520944335

P.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. 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.

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