Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 4

For the past 4 weeks we’ve focused on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. This week we wrap up that series with the final workshop. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Becoming a better speaker, creating great slides, handling questions and signing up

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Learn a few tips for strengthening the delivery of your talk. 
  • Understanding techniques to improve your stage presence
  • Learn some ways to help handle nerves
  • Learn tips for handling Q&A
  • Identify the basics of making clear, presentable slides

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What are some techniques to address nervousness while speaking?
  • What are some do’s and don’ts of becoming a better speaker?
  • What are some best practices when it comes to handling Q&A?
  • What are some common tricky question types, and how can you handle them?
  • What do you want to avoid when creating your slides? What are some hallmarks of good, clear slides?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings, #wpdiversityworkshops

Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 3

For the past 3 weeks, and for the week to come we’re focusing on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Creating your talk

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Learn how to create an outline for your talk
  • Identify what key elements you should include in the introduction, body, and conclusion of a talk

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What makes for a good introduction to your talk?
  • What are the important components of the body of your talk?
  • What elements should you include in the conclusion of your talk?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings, #wpdiversityworkshops

Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Supplemental: Online Stage Presence

For the past 2 weeks, and for the coming 2 weeks we’re focusing on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Online stage presence

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Learn tips to help improve your online stage presence
  • Identify ways to become a better speaker, and things to avoid
  • Discover techniques for handling nerves

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What are some ways you can practice speaking online?
  • What are some becoming a better speaker “dos”? “Don’ts”?
  • What steps can you take to help handle nerves?
  • How can we connect with our online audience?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings, #wpdiversityworkshops

Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 2

Last week, and for the coming 3 weeks we’re focusing on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Writing your Pitch

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Identify what makes for a great title
  • Learn what makes for a successful pitch
  • Write the first draft of your pitch
  • Learn what makes for a great bio
  • Write the first draft of your bio

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What are some important points to consider when writing your talk pitch?
  • What are the hallmarks of a great title?
  • What should your bio include?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings#wpdiversityworkshops

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Tuesday Trainings: Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 1

In the coming 4 weeks we’ll focus on the Diverse Speaker Training Series presented by @jillbinder–with the help of some other amazing contributors. Whether you’re someone who would like to get more comfortable in your skills as a speaker or you’re an organizer looking to diversify your roster of speakers and find for ways to support those in your group with training, I can’t strongly enough recommend that you use these workshops and participate in discussion groups for them.

This workshop is for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events. You do not need to have any experience in public speaking, and this workshop is for all levels of experience.

Focus

Introduction and topic selection.

Learning Objectives for this workshop

  • Understand myths that prevent people from speaking publicly
  • Identify any of your personal fears that have stopped you from public speaking 
  • Generate several topics that you could speak about
  • Learn the different types of talk formats

You can watch the video here!

Comprehension questions

  • What are some common myths that prevent people from speaking publicly?
  • What is impostor syndrome? 
  • What are some topics that you came up with during your brainstorm? Were you able to choose and refine any topics?
  • What are some of the different talk formats? Are there any in particular that you would like to give?

Talk about it

Now that you’ve taken something away from the workshop I hope you’ll take this all a step further and join a live discussion group to discuss the content with others who have watched it as well. You can find discussion groups specific to any of the workshops you find on Learn.WordPress here on Meetup.com.

You’re also welcome to bring your thoughts and questions here in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings, #wpdiversityworkshops

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

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.

#wpdiversityworkshops

Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops September 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.

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 pitch

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

  • Fine-tune your title and 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, September 16, 2020 from 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

  • Learn what you need to look and sound your best on camera
  • 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: Answering Questions Online

Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

  • With global audiences potentially now attending local events, the Question and Answer (Q&A) periods at online WordPress events may be off-topic or more challenging for presenters. We will discuss strategies and share script ideas you can use for these and other tricky questions.
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

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

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!

eventbrite.com/e/intermediate-wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-september-2020-tickets-118073425795

Training: WordPress Meetups: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7:30-9:30am UTC (APAC/EMEA)
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. and 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.?

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 are welcome to attend.

APAC/EMEA friendly time on September 24, 2020: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-meetups-hold-your-own-diverse-speaker-workshop-apacemea-tickets-118231322067

AMER/EMEAs friendly time on October 24, 2020: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-meetups-hold-your-own-diverse-speaker-workshop-ameremea-tickets-118520944335

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.

#wpdiversityworkshops

Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops July & August

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

This is a reminder about the July workshops next week and an announcement about the workshops in August.

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

Tuesday, July 28 @ 5-6pm UTC
Tuesday, August 18 @ 5-6pm UTC

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? Are you intrigued at the thought of speaking at a WordPress event online but are thinking things like, “What would I talk about?” “I’m not an expert, who would want to hear from me?”

In this workshop, 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.

Workshop: Creating a great pitch

Wednesday, July 29 @ 5-6pm UTC
Wednesday, August 19 @ 5-6pm UTC

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? Do you want to submit a talk to a 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. 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. but aren’t sure how? Or you know how and want to work on writing a pitch that has a better chance of being accepted?

Together we will write a meetup description or WordCamp 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 the workshop on Tuesday!

Workshop: What if someone asks me a difficult question? (new!)

Thursday, July 30 @ 5-6pm UTC

This addition to our series is by request!

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? Do you feel nervous about being asked tricky questions at your WordPress talk?

With events moving online, there has been a wider audience. As a result, some of the questions during the Question and Answer (Q&A) period at online meetups and WordCamps have been harder for presenters to answer or even off-topic.

We will discuss strategies for answering and give you scripts you can use for these and other tricky questions. We may also practise, if there is time.

Workshop: Online Stage Presence

Thursday, August 20 @ 5-6pm UTC

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? We would like to help you with public speaking online.

Speaking online is not the same as speaking on stage! Some important items cross over, and there are also differences. We will give you tips for public speaking and being on camera. We will be making the improvements together in the call.

Open Practise Sessions

Tuesday, August 25 @ 5-6pm UTC
Thursday, August 27 @ 5-6pm UTC

This is open practise time for you! There will be no prepared lessons.

Examples of what you can use this time for:

  • Practise parts of your presentation in a supportive space
  • Get feedback on your topic, pitch, or any other part of your presentation
  • Ask your questions about public speaking, applying to speak, etc.

Attending previous workshops are recommended but not required to attend these practise sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all 3 workshops in a week and one practise session, but you are also welcome to attend only the events you wish.

Tickets for July: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-july-2020-tickets-111846987350

Tickets for August: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wordpress-diverse-speaker-workshops-august-2020-tickets-114603750904

P.S. Others who 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 (new!) Encouraging Diversity in Meetups and WordCamps.

#wpdiversity, #wpdiversityworkshops

#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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