Magento Community Diverse Speaker Training (Part 1: Jan 11, Part 2: Jan 18)

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This is a workshop for underrepresented folks who are thinking about speaking at a Magento event. Does the thought of speaking at a Magento event intrigue you? The focus of this hands-on, online workshop will be to generate Magento-related topics to give a talk on, boost your speaking confidence, and allow you to practice speaking in a safe space. At the end of the workshop you will have a few ideas for talks, an outline on one topic, a title, a pitch/proposal for applying to events, a bio, and a chance to practice speaking.

***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 identify as a person from a marginalized or underrepresented group
  • You’ve thought about speaking at a Magento event but haven’t been able to think of a topic
  • You think you don't know anything worth speaking about
  • You'd like to feel more confident about being on stage

This one workshop will be two 2.5 hour sessions, each a week apart.

Part 1: Saturday, January 11, 2020 (5-7:30pm UTC / 10:30pm - 1am IT / 1-3pm ET / 10am-12:30pm PT):
- Why speak at Magento events?
- Dispelling some myths about speakers/speaking
- Coming up with topics and choosing one
- Writing a meetup description or conference pitch
- Practice speaking in front of a group

Part 2: Saturday, January 18, 2020 (5-7:30pm UTC / 10:30pm - 1am IT / 1-3pm ET / 10am-12:30pm PT):
(Prerequisite: Part 1 on January 11)
- Coming up with a great title
- Writing your bio
- Writing the outline
- Becoming a better speaker tips
- Creating great slides
- Practice giving a short talk

- Slides
- Full workshop script

This will be held on Zoom Video Conference where everyone will have the chance to participate if they wish in the large group and in small breakout groups of 4-5 each. There will also be an option to listen in by telephone instead.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that we can start on time.

In order to encourage attendance, we are asking folks to secure their spots with a small ticket price. The suggested donation with your ticket is $5USD, which is a donation to Women Who Code. If you can afford a donation of $10USD with your ticket, you will be supporting one of your peers to also attend.

Organized by: Sherrie Rohde from Magento, an Adobe Company

Facilitator: Jill Binder from Diverse Speakers In Tech (

Logo: Magento, an Adobe Company

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