Women Talking WordPress

View from BCIT during the workshop.

On Saturday, April 11, the second Women Talking WordPress event was held. Eight women and four facilitators gathered at BCIT for the workshop on how to develop a talk for WordPress Meetup, WordCamp or any tech event.

Women Talking WordPress started last year as a way to encourage more women to speak at talk events. The WordPress community in Vancouver is generally 50/50 but in past years, the vast majority of speaker have been male. Jill Binder, Vanessa Chu, Mandi Wise and I (Kate Moore Hermes) developed a workshop to help women pick a topic, write an outline and develop strategies for moving passed the barriers that keep women from speaking. Last year, the workshop was a huge success! Almost half of the women who took the workshop ended up speaking at a WordPress Meetup or WordCamp.

As always, WordPress Meetup and WordCamp need awesome speakers like you! We’d really like to run this workshop again this year and include all genders, because we know that there are a lot of great potential male speakers in our community too, that might just need a little push to get talking. If you’re interested in the workshop (and are of any gender!) please comment below, or find us on Twitter of Facebook. WordCamp is coming up, and even if you’re a seasoned speaker, this workshop can help organize your talk and write a great pitch.

In the spirit of opensource, we’ve also made our workbook accessible to the whole Vancouver WordPress community. Please feel free to download the workbook we created here, and use it to help you create an awesome talk.

Please note: The workbook was updated on April 15 to reflect the names of the people who contributed to it.

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