Magento Community Diverse Speaker Training

October 17, 2019

By: Sherrie Rohde,
Author Title: 
Community Manager
, Adobe
Magento Diversiry Speakers

Earlier this year we announced that we are working with Jill Binder of DiverseIn.tech to offer an online Magento Community Speaker Workshop. Having more kinds of folks present from the stage benefits the community and our products. In offering an online speaker workshop, we are aiming to eliminate a barrier to public speaking by creating an opportunity for professional training. The first workshop took place in July and those who took part in this launch had a 47 percent increase in public speaking confidence!

"Before I took this workshop with Jill Binder, I was stuck. I didn't know what I wanted to talk about or how I might clearly convey my ideas. I also didn't think anyone would want to listen to me. Thanks to Jill, I have good starter material and a commitment to pursue a local speaking engagement within the next 30 days. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who needs a help taking that first step."
— Antoinette Flannigan Mkwapatira, Web Developer, USA

Additionally, we were able to raise just over $200 for Women Who Code through an optional donation during the workshop registration.

As it was our first time to extend speaker training to the Magento community, we offered the July training to anyone who was interested. As it turned out, 74% of attendees were from underrepresented groups in our community. In order to address the specific needs of these groups, we are offering this training again with additional content designed to support these varied frames of reference.

Magento Community Diverse Speaker Training

Our next online speaker workshop will take place in two parts:

Part 1: January 11, 2020
Part 2: January 18, 2020

The workshop covers:

  • Demystifying public speaking “expertise”

  • Finding a topic

  • Better speaker tips

  • Writing a great pitch

  • Creating an outline

  • Creating great slides

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 increase your public speaking and pitch submission confidence

The deadline for registration is December 11th, 2019. Sign up now on Eventbrite.

Diversity in Training

Would you like to learn how to hold your own diverse speaker training for your local community? We recognize that even though this training is offered online, we still can’t reach the entire community without the help of the community. Many of you have indicated that you’d like to learn how to hold this workshop in your region and language.

Stay tuned as we will be offering a training session for you on May 2, 2020.

Find a Speaker

Maybe you’re reading this and wondering how you can get connected with speakers. We’ve made an effort to eliminate this barrier by creating a Magento Speaker Directory for speakers and event organizers. Join 200+ other community members.

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