Hosting an SLS

Once you have your SLS scheduled, here are some thoughts on how to host effectively.

Arrive early

People will start to arrive as early as five or even ten minutes before the event is scheduled, so having your Zoom up and ready will allow them to at least enter the waiting room.

Turn on accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) features

Make sure to turn on any accessibility features, such as Zoom’s auto-captioning feature, before the SLS begins.

Consider Icebreakers

Over Zoom, it’s important to invite people to speak aloud, to write in the chatbox, or even use emojis/reactions to share their thoughts. Whatever tool you’re choosing to use for your SLS, make sure to ask a few icebreaker questions to familiarize people with the options. Some questions you can ask are:

  • From where in the world are you joining us?
  • Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker?
  • From a scale of 1-5, 1 being “not at all” and 5 being “expert!” how comfortable are you with X topic?

Set Expectations

Let people know what to expect, invite them to speak, and make sure they understand what an SLS is — a social learning space! Not one person knows the answer to everything, and we all bring varying levels of knowledge to the table. Invite users to share what they know, answer another attendees’ question, and provide space and time for everyone to share in whatever way makes them feel comfortable.

Conclude

Many people like to come back to learn more about WordPress — make sure to let them know where they can learn more (learn.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 link to any relevant websites or resources mentioned during the SLS. Invite them to join us again, and thank them for their time.

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