Diverse Speaker workshops (#WPDiversity): November and December 2021

We have workshops for people from underrepresented communities in WordPress in November 2021 and December, 2021. Please join us and please help us spread the word!

If you are a MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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. organizer, please invite your community to either of these events to help you have a larger speaker pool — especially speakers from underrepresented groups.

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity

Does the thought of speaking at one of our WordPress MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, caste, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a WordPress Meetup or WordCamp in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, or other nearby timezone? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

This workshop is for you!

This interactive watch party workshop will be held in English.

We are holding the same workshop for two areas:

Southeast to Southern Asia

Saturday, November 27, 2021
0700H-0830H UTC / 1500H-1630 GMT+8 / 1230H-1400H IST

Register now

Americas and Europe

Thursday, December 9, 2021
6pm-8pm UTC / 1pm-3pm ET / 10am-12pm PT

Register now

(rescheduled to January 2022 – date TBD)

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Workshops from #WPDiversity: October and November 2021

We have workshops for underrepresented community members and for WP event organizers coming up in October and November, 2021. Please join us and help us spread the word!

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA Accountability

The cohort of the first Allyship program is meeting for an accountability 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/. chat about the actions they are taking after the first Allyship for event organizers workshop. Although this session won’t have coaching as one of the main focuses, we will still welcome open discussion.

Others who did not attend the workshop are welcome to participate or lurk. 🙂

Thursday, October 28, 2021
5pm-6pm UTC / 1pm-2pm ET
#community-events Slack channel

Empower Women Speakers For Your WordPress Events in Latin America

A hybrid event in-person in San José, Costa Rica, and over Zoom for women WordPress organizers in Latin America to learn to run Women Speaker workshops.

We will teach you how to run the 4-5 hour workshop that will:

  • Help you understand some of the reasons why women aren’t submitting talks
  • Help the women in your communities overcome their personal barriers to public speaking at your WordPress events
  • Help them create a talk title, pitch, outline, bio, and slide deck
  • Give the new women speakers motivation and confidence to start speaking
  • Increase how many women are giving talks in your community

Saturday, November 6, 2021
1pm-5pm CST
San José, Costa Rica and over Zoom

Register now

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA

After a successful cohort 1 in August, we are beginning cohort 2 in November. Members of cohort 1 are invited to return and join our new members.

A 2-hour interactive watch party online to learn how to create welcoming and diverse WordPress MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WordCamps for your WordPress community.

This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future.

Do you run or attend WordPress events and notice only one type of person is attending? You’d love to see more diversity represented, but people are either not showing up — or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to be a good ally to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space?

We know that you have good intentions and really want to do things “right”, and therefore need a supportive space to talk through sensitive real-life challenges, so this watch party workshop will NOT be recorded.

This interactive watch party workshop was created by Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, David Wolfpaw, and Jill Binder for 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. US 2019.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6pm-7pm UTC / 1pm-3pm ET

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How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events Southeast to Southern Asia

Does the thought of speaking at one of our WordPress Meetups or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, caste, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamp in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, or other nearby timezone? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

This workshop is for you!

This interactive watch party workshop will be held in English.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
0700H-0830H UTC / 1500H-1630 GMT+8 / 1230H-1400H IST

Register now


We will be holding a “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events” for AMER/EMEA in December. Stay tuned!

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#WPDiversity Events in September (attention India!)

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 5pm-6pm UTC

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA Coaching and Accountability

The cohort of the first Allyship program is meeting on the #community-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel for the first Coaching and Accountability chat about the actions they are taking after the first Allyship for event organizers workshop. The guest coach will be @alliennimmons.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 7pm-8:30pm IST

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events IST

Does the thought of speaking at one of our meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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. in India or a nearby timezone? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

Or are you a meetup or WordCamp event organizer or other person signing up for the “Empower Women Speakers For Your WordPress Events in India (Sept 24&Sept 25),” and want to improve the diversity of your speaker lineups?

This workshop is for you!

Register now

Friday, September 24 to Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9am-11am IST

Empower Women Speakers For Your WordPress Events in India

Have you ever had trouble getting women to speak at your WordPress meetups or WordCamps in India?

We will teach you how to run the 4-5 -hour workshop that has been proven to increase the number of Women speakers in WordPress Communities all over the world. You will learn to:

  • Understand some of the reasons why women aren’t submitting talks
  • Help the women in your communities overcome their personal barriers to public speaking at your WordPress events
  • Help them create a talk title, pitch, outline, bio, and slide deck
  • Give the new women speakers motivation and confidence to start speaking
  • Increase how many women are giving talks in your community

Register now

Please help us spread the word about the India events!

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Upcoming workshop: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events

This is an event for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress in AMER & EMEA and for participants in our Allyship program who have taken the “Allyship for WordPress event organizers” workshop on August 19th, 2021.

The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) invites you to join us for a workshop in a fun format: an Interactive, Transformational Watch Party! We will watch a video on Learn WordPress.

Facilitators: @onealtr and @volkswagenchick

Does the thought of speaking at one of our WordPress meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? This is a workshop for people from marginalized and underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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.. The focus of this hands-on session 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, boost your speaking confidence, and allow you to practice speaking in a safe space. At the end of the workshop, you will have a few ideas for talks that the community wants to hear!

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

WordPress Meetup and WordCamp organizers: Want to foster more diverse speaker lineups for your events? Please invite your communities!

Friday, 27 August 2021
5.00PM – 6.30PM UTC / 1.00PM – 2.30PM ET / 10.00AM – 11.30AM PDT
Free

Register now

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Workshop August 19, 2021: Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA

Our inaugural Allyship workshop for the new Allyship program!
Thursday, August 19, 2021
5 PM – 7PM UTC / 1 PM – 3pm ET / 10 AM – 12 PM PDT

A 2-hour interactive watch party online to learn how to create welcoming and diverse WordPress MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WordCamps for your WordPress community.

This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future.

Do you run or attend WordPress events and notice only one type of person is attending? You’d love to see more diversity represented, but people are either not showing up — or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to be a good ally to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space?

We know that you have good intentions and really want to do things “right”, and therefore need a supportive space to talk through sensitive real-life challenges, so this watch party workshop will NOT be recorded.

This workshop was created by Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, David Wolfpaw, and Jill Binder for 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. US 2019.

Read more and sign up now

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June 30/July 1, 2021: #WPDiversity Workshop for AMER, APAC, and Oceania

Workshop: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events for AMER, APAC (includes Australia/Oceania)

In an effort to reach more places in the world that we have not covered previously, members of the #WPDiversity team are holding workshops at different times. On June 30th/July 1st, @volkswagenchick will be holding a workshop for Americas (after work hours) and Asia-Pacific (mornings). This will finally include Australia, New Zealand, Oceania!

June 30, 2021
4pm-6pm PDT (Los Angeles)
7pm-9pm EDT (New York)

July 1, 2021
8am-10am JST (Tokyo)
9am-11am AEST (Melbourne)

Facilitated by: @volkswagenchick

Does the thought of speaking at one of our meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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.? Do you think you don’t have anything worth speaking about?

Come to our highly interactive, 2-hour live workshop:

Read more about our free workshop on June 30/July 1, 2021 and register

Please tag meetup and WordCamp organizers of these areas in the comments to help us get the word out to them!

Where/when else should we cover?

Has your area been missed?

Is there a WordCamp speaker application opening soon that would like to reach more people from underrepresented groups?

Anything else we should be considering for choosing our next day/time?

Please comment on the post to let us know.

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This weekend: #WPDiversity Workshop for the Philippines and APAC

Workshop: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events PH/APAC

You spoke and we heard you. Our monthly-ish Diverse Speaker workshops over the last year have been available to AMER/EMEA time only. We love you too, Asia. @onealtr is holding a workshop for you in Philippines and APAC!

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 3pm-4:30pm Philippines time

Facilitated by: @onealtr

Does the thought of speaking at one of our meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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.? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

Or are you a meetup or WordCamp event organizer and want to improve the diversity of your speaker lineups? Would you like to meet potential speakers and help them create great talks that your community would love to hear at your event?

Come to our 1.5 hour “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party” workshop this weekend!

Read more about our free workshop this weekend and register

Please help us spread the word! Send this post to your WordPress friends in PH/APAC.

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Meetup Organizers: Got diverse speakers? Got any speakers?

Hello meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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 meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook.?

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 mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues..  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 meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group who is thinking about speaking at a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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!

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