• Speaker Training for WordPress and Tech Events

    Tech Liminal 3.0

    This is a workshop for people who are thinking about speaking at WordPress events, such as this WordPress Meetup and WordCamp--and for people who might be thinking about speaking at other kinds of events, too. During this hands-on session, we’ll look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past — and explore how to move past your fears. We will discuss some common myths about public speaking, different talk formats, and we will focus on finding your areas of expertise. (Yes, you have areas of expertise!) We will brainstorm topics you can talk about at a WordCamp or other event. Each participant will come out of the workshop with a WordCamp or meetup talk idea — and more confidence to submit it. (There will be a sign-up sheet for 2020 meetups.) ***You do NOT have to have any experience in public speaking. This workshop is for all levels of experience. This workshop is for you if: * You haven’t seen enough people like you speaking at WordPress events * You’ve thought about speaking at Meetup or WordCamp but haven’t been able to think of a topic * You think you don’t know anything worth speaking about AGENDA * Why speak at WordPress events? * Dispelling some myths about speakers/speaking * Coming up with topics and choosing one * Practice giving a short talk PREREQUISITE SKILLS No experience required. OBJECTIVES * Have several ideas for topics you could speak about * Recognize the basics of a good outline. * Apply what you have learned to your own outline. * Recall the different types of talk formats. * Practice public speaking in front of a small group to help build confidence. * Identify many of the fears that have stopped you from public speaking. Note: this is the WordPress.org Diversity Speaker Training workshop. If you're a member of an under-represented group and want to contribute your perspective, please get in touch!