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Speaker Training

WPCampus aims to prioritize and promote diversity in the general community, and in its events. One of the best ways to ensure a broad representation – and to encourage even more – is to have diverse speakers.

That said, we understand that there are plenty of reasons why marginalized populations may not be the first to sign up to speak. A lack of opportunity, inexperience, struggles with imposter syndrome, and general nerves may all contribute to apathy or an avoidance of public speaking. This training aims to help alleviate these issues and encourages participants to imagine how they can contribute to the larger conversation.


This training is taught in two parts:

Part I

  • Finding a topic for your talk
  • Writing the pitch for your talk

Part I will discuss some of the obstacles to public speaking and help identify some ways to overcome them. It goes on to help participants identify areas of interest for speaking, and helps construct a pitch and bio to get you everything you need to apply to speak.

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Part II

  • Creating your talk
  • Becoming a better speaker
  • Creating great slides

Part II takes the next step in constructing your talk and planning your presentation. We’ll also offer some tips for how to be a better speaker and strategies for addressing common speaking concerns.

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About this Training

This training was originally created and shared by the WordPress Diversity Outreach Speaker Training team, lead by Jill Binder. You can view the original content, and use it for your own trainings; we encourage you to share this with your own communities!

This content was edited for WPCampus, with additional content in part II, and to make adjustments for instruction in an online format.

Technical Details

This training is offered online only. Participants must have access to a microphone, at minimum; access to a camera is preferred. If using a microphone or camera presents a problem or barrier, e.g. you have a hard time expressing yourself vocally, please let us know during registration. We will work to ensure your participation.


This training was offered in late 2018 (part I) and early 2019 (part II). There are currently no plans to offer it again. Please feel free to use the recordings linked above; these include captioning.

If you are interested in arranging a custom training on this topic for you or a group, please contact us!

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