Meetup Organizers: Got diverse speakers? Got any speakers?

Hello 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 are you doing with getting speakers for your events these days? Has it been tough?

If you _are_ getting speakers, have you had trouble getting women and people from other marginalized and underrepresented groups (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, or age, etc.) to speak at your meetups?

We are holding two proven, effective workshops for you and your underrepresented communities in March 2021.

They are the same content. One is for the global community and the other is for the Great Lakes area (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Kingston, Durham, etc.).

How would it feel to have a diverse speaker roster excited to speak at *your* meetup? Or if you’re not holding a meetup right now, giving your meetup community talk to attend at nearby meetups online?

We would like to invite you (yes you, the organizer, if you can) to attend the workshop along with underrepresented members of your community.

You’ll be able to support the participants to create great content that your meetup members would want to hear! (You’ll also be invited to do the exercises yourself, which will help everyone feel more comfortable participating, and also help you in your own speaker journey.)

All you need to do is send the message below to your meetup announcements. And also, if you can, to attend yourself.

(Even if you don’t think that there are underrepresented members in your community, a message like this will appeal to the people who have not been attending and you are likely to see new faces.)

Event for the Great Lakes area (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London Kingston, Durham, etc.):
March 4, 2021 @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WP Events #Diversity&Inclusion

Event for the global community:
Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm UTC: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity

If you can attend, sign up now. Either way, please send the following message to your meetup announcements:

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Call to Meetup and WordCamp Organizers and their Underrepresented Community Members: Interactive, Transformational Watch Party!

The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) invites WordPress event organizers and their marginalized or underrepresented community members to join us for a fun experiment: a 1.5 hour “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party”on February 18th, 2021 at 5:30-7:00 PM UTC!

Topic: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events.

This unique, interactive Watch Party format will be facilitated by  Jill Binder (the lead of the Diverse Speaker Training Group #WPDiversity) and mentors.  Together, attendees will watch the Diverse Speaker Training Workshop Part 1 on the Learn WordPress site, and be invited to participate in the engaging and impactful exercises.

Does the thought of speaking at one of our meetups or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group who is thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. 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.?

Or are you a meetup or WordCamp event organizer and want to improve the diversity of your speaker lineups?

This workshop is for you if:

  • You identify as being from a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.
  • You’ve thought about speaking at meetups or WordCamps but haven’t been able to think of a topic
  • You think you don’t know anything worth speaking about
  • You are a meetup or WordCamp event organizer and want to improve the diversity of your speaker lineups. It’s best if you can bring marginalized or underrepresented members of your community with you. You can ask us for help with this!

All Meetup and WordCamp organizers are invited to both participate in the exercises and to support the attendees. This Watch Party Workshop is an excellent way to get to know the people who want to speak at your events and help them create talk topics that will interest your community.

*** Please Note: You do NOT have to have any experience in public speaking. This workshop is for all levels of experience.

*** This workshop is for all levels of organizing experience. New and future organizers welcome!

Read more and sign up here

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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

#tuesdaytrainings, #wpdiversityworkshops

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