Resource: 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.

The WPCampus Online call for speakers is open until Sunday, December 2, 2018. Our virtual conference is a great way to ease into public speaking. We’d love to hear what you have to say.


This training will be 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.

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.

Technical Details

This training will be 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.

The event will be hosted in Zoom. If you’ve never used this tool we encourage you to prepare by creating an account and downloading the application prior to the event.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. If you need specific accommodations, e.g. live captioning, be sure to note this request in your registration.


Part I

Part I of the training will be offered twice in November. The training will last for two hours.

Part II

Part II will be offered twice in January 2019. The training will last for two hours.

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

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