Category Archives: Speakers

Surviving as an Introvert in an Extroverted World – Jonathon Colman

What exactly *is* introversion? It’s commonly misunderstood as shyness or a misanthropic desire to be left alone. Many extroverts mistakenly assume that introverts hate them. And that’s simply not true (well, most of the time). And many introverts think that there’s something wrong with themselves, something broken that they can’t seem to fix. And that’s not true, either.

We can do better. In this talk from Ignite Seattle 19, Jonathon Colman dishes on what introversion is, what it isn’t, and specific tactics to hack ourselves and our interactions with others in order to survive in our extroverted world.

Jonathon Colman is a content strategist, SEO & Internet marketer, speaker, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer living (and drinking coffee) in Seattle, Washington. For over 15 years he’s helped people and organizations build, find, and use the best stuff on the Web.

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Networking: The RPG – (or Everything I Need to Know About Networking I Learned From Playing D&D) – Adam Philipp

Are you a geek? An Introvert? Afraid of the crowds? Not sure what they will make of you? But you still want to connect with people? Then you want to play: NETWORKING, The Role Playing Game.

On your very first dungeon/networking event you can go out and:

  • slay kobolds (meet technical recruiters)
  • fend off orcs (accountants and lawyers)
  • drink healing/mana/attribute potions (wine/beer/whiskey)
  • collect loot (contact information!)
  • equip your character (get dressed up and ad props)
  • form parties (agree to meet up with someone again)
  • level up (move on to talking with speakers or higher level dungeons)
  • If you apply all the skills you honed with years of playing: D&D, GammaWorld, Top Secret, etc., you will find that networking is just another great RPG except the characters are really well developed and the GameMaster is not so scary. Let’s go out and play!

    Adam Philipp (@MyPatents) is tech-savvy patent attorney and the founder of ÆON Law (), a high tech IP law firm in Seattle. Adam has a penchant for connecting with the tech community and does not hide his love of meeting smart people. He can usually be picked out at events as the lawyer with the glowing name badge.

    Announcing the Ignite Seattle 20 Talks

    We’re excited to announce the lineup for Ignite Seattle 20 on May 16th. Join us at Town Hall, talks start promptly at 8pm. Get your tickets here.

    Madeline Puckette – 7 Things You Never Knew About the Most Expensive Wines of the World
    Wine is no longer just a drink, it has become a commodity like stock. Learn seven of the more interesting facts about the most expensive wines in the world and what ties them together. Never drink wine the same again.

    Diana Vergis Vinh – My Life of Poo
    Learning kale recipes that don’t make my family gag, thinking my goat was pregnant when she was just plain fat and being surrounded by endless piles of poo – who knew that backyard urban farming could be so darned engaging? Hear from a long time urban farmer the ups and the downs of this manic pursuit.

    Jeffrey Hicks – Welcome to the Psych Ward
    This is a talk about what it actually feels like to lose your mind. It is an insiders look into madness and recovery.

    Nathan Kaiser – From Bits to Booze and Not Quite Back Again
    What I learned going from bits to booze and what I hope to bring back with me.

    Nicole Steinbok – Everyday Pitches
    Learn how to get people to like and trust you, give you time, do boring shit, reply to an email, provide great feedback, buy into plans, hire you and much more!

    Sally James – Small words
    Why keeping it short, even using shorter words, may help people understand you.

    Theresa Harris – I want to teach your child to fail
    Kids become less creative as they grow and Theresa Harris, founder of Thrive Art School, says this is due to how they experience failure. She’s on a mission to teach kids to fail enthusiastically.

    Dave Zucker – Sir Mix-a-Bot, the Robot Bartender
    In October of 2002, I picked up a surplus PUMA robot arm from a local university. I was sad to discover it didn’t work, and have spent the past 10 years bringing it back to life and transforming it into a robot bartender, dubbed Sir Mix-a-Bot.

    Whitney Mongé – Busking in Pike Place Market
    My talk will be about the basic know how’s of street performing in Pike Place Market. It will also be a short but detailed outline of how to be successful at busking virtually anywhere.

    Jack Bennetto – The Moral Clarity of Killing Ivy
    In a world of ambiguity and complexity, we can find moral clarity in killing English ivy and other invasive plants. Jack Bennetto outlines his journey as an anti-invasivist and explains how you can achieve peace and happiness through wanton destruction leading to restoration and rebirth.

    Nancy White – S#*!, is it time to think about a legacy?
    What happens when you wake up and realize you are a certain age,a grandparent, your husband is retiring and people start calling you an “elder” in your field? When you can’t even DESCRIBE your field? Come peer with me over this deliciously scary edge of considering my future. Regardless of our ages, is it time to think about our legacies?

    Joe Ludwig – The second coming of Virtual Reality
    Back in the early nineties everybody thought that virtual reality would be the next big thing. Now, twenty years later, that might actually be true.

    Frank Rogan – How Are You Not Dead?
    Everyone has a superpower, and apparently mine is “not getting killed.” I’ve escaped embarrassing death and painful dismemberment several times. It all makes for a great story, and it’s your stories that make you human.

    Randy Stewart – How to Pitch Ignite Seattle
    After reading and voting on hundreds of Ignite proposals, I can tell you about the ins and outs of what will get you considered before anyone else. I reveal the inner most workings of the secret machinations of the Ignite selection committee.

    Carmen Hudson – I Stalk Strangers Online
    Software engineers and other highly sought-after talent: you can run, but you can’t hide. Employers will go to great lengths to find in-demand talent; that’s where I come in. Armed with a few search engine commands, tenacity and a telephone, I can find anyone. People like me — known as “sourcers” — use the internet to find contact information, hobbies and interests, and other personal data in order to silver tongue our way into the lives of top talent. I’ll show you how we do it.

    Gina Phillips – The Ultimate Mistake
    Gina has competed at the highest levels of ultimate frisbee, including US Nationals 7 times. In a talk that has turned into a very different talk than the one she set out to give, she shares a look at identity, shame, and self-worth.

    Tonight’s Speaker Lineup for Ignite 19

    Here is the final lineup for tonight’s event at Town Hall. Speakers start at 8pm and we will be live streaming the event. If you’re tweeting, please use the hashtag #IS19, you can also watch that tag and our Twitter feed for live tweeting throughout the event.

    1. Tae Phoenix – How to Write a Song
    2. Jonathon – Colman Surviving as an Introvert in an Extroverted World
    3. Wendy Hinman – We’re Gonna Die!
    4. Lindsay Sharma -What do Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and the United States have in common?
    5. Sara Kiesler – How to Give Up Cheese
    6. Bruce Ryan – Nothing is Impossible
    7. Adam Philipp – NETWORKING, the RPG


    1. Jessika Satori – So you want to make an indie movie!
    2. Forest Gibson – How to make a viral video (and why it’s not easy)
    3. Kate Bergstrom – Online Dating Tips I Have Learned After Meeting Over 100 Men
    4. Andrew Dumont – Projects: From Idea to Launch and Beyond
    5. Sara McNally – How the downturn made me a small business owner (and why it was a good idea)
    6. Hillel Cooperman – How I got seriously hurt at summer camp, and ended up meeting Donnie and Marie instead.
    7. James Davenport – Mapping the United States of Starbucks
    8. Geraldine DeRuiter – Sharing Personal News Online