August 19th: Ignite Seattle’s Public Speaking Workshop

Get past your fears, learn new skills, have some fun and buy your ticket to our next public speaking workshop today.

Want to improve your ability to tell your story? Learn how to organize and structure a truly compelling presentation? Or finally get past your fears of speaking in public? At Ignite Seattle we’ve been coaching and training speakers for years and we want to teach you what we know.

Join us on Monday, August 19th for a fun and fast paced evening where you will learn everything you need to know about storytelling and public speaking. We’ll give actionable and proven advice on:

  • How to tell better stories at work or in life (and do it fast!)
  • The 6 common mistakes speakers make and how to avoid them
  • The science behind speaking fears and how to manage them
  • Q&A where you biggest and toughest questions will be answered
  • Advice for getting talk proposals accepted at events like Ignite Seattle, TEDx, etc.
  • Plus a few volunteers who come prepared with 60 seconds of a talk will get an expert critique

This event is not focused on the Ignite format, although it is referenced, and you do not need to have a talk prepared to attend!

Your coach will be professional speaker and Ignite Seattle emcee Scott BerkunIn addition to giving 20 to 30 lectures and keynotes each year, he wrote the bestselling guide to public speaking, Confessions of a Public Speaker.

Other events like this charge as much as $250. For the Ignite audience, this workshop on August 19th is only $10. How can you pass up that deal?  (We also provide free tickets to those with need. Just email us.)

Buy your ticket today, before tickets sell out.

(By purchasing a ticket you agree to uphold the Ignite Seattle Code of Conduct.)

5 great reasons to come to Open Mic @ Ignite Seattle

Over the years, Ignite Seattle has grown to be a wildly popular, well curated and high-quality storytelling event. But way back at the beginning there was a chaotic fun in our first events in 2006, surprises and unexpected moments, that don’t happen often anymore. But now that’s back, with our first ever Open Mic evening.

When: Monday, July 8th, 7pm
Where: Market Theater (Pike Place Market)
Tickets: $5 on sale now

Here are 5 great reasons you and your friends should come.

  1. We don’t know what’s going to happen! We’ve never seen these talks before. Some will be amazing! Some will be… less than amazing! Ignite talks are high risk, with automated slides, so you may see some amazing things and some spectacular failures. Or some talks that are some of both. We’re excited to see what happens and you should be too.
  2. We’re in a smaller and cozier venue. We’ll be at the Market Theater, home of the improv group, and our friends, Unexpected Productions, and it has a lovely college vibe and a cozy bar just a few steps away from where you’ll sit. We love Town Hall Seattle, but Market theater is great for the vibe this event is going to have. The Ignite Seattle team will be there, so you can easily chat with us, give feedback and suggest other things we should be doing.
  3. Talks are only 3 minutes long. To quicken the pace and give room for more folks to take the stage, talks are only 3 minutes, 2 minutes shorter than the standard Ignite format. Don’t forget that you can say a lot in 3 minutes – the Gettysburg address can be read in under 2 minutes.
  4. Tickets are only $5. That’s less than half the price of a movie ticket, and you’ll get live action, high drama, high stakes edutainment and storytelling, performed live on stage (and no sequels or prequels or Nyquils). It’s a bargain in every way.
  5. There’s a great talk lineup. Maybe curation is overrated? The list of talks are challenging, interesting, funny and inspired. All things we know Ignite Seattle fans love to hear.

Talk / Speaker List (order TBD)

  • My Personal Experience with ID Theft – Christopher Wilson
  • An Unexpected Call for Courage – Kiesha Garrison
  • What My Kids Teach Me About Networking – Lynette Garcia
  • Data Bases and 3D Paintings – Bronson Shonk
  • Good News & Bad News A New Way To Deal With Things You Don’t Want to Hear – Matt Jensen
  • My Crimes and My Punishments – Daniel Baird
  • Out of the Box Belonging – Rebecca Kathleen Andersen
  • How to Be Old, Pissed off, and Wildly Hilarious* in Five Easy Steps –  Ro
  • Toss the Design Porn and Find Your Happy Place – Rebecca West
  • Blockchain for Direct Democracy – Ana Jamborcic
  • The Lonely ‘Lancer – Melissa Strawn
  • Escaping Ordinary Consciousness Through Sex– Jen Martin
  • Happy Birthday Women’s Suffrage! – Tonya Peck
  • C Level Under 30 – Altagracia Daly
  • 3 Lessons From the Commune – Uri israel
  • Why are Disability Products so #$@&%*! ugly? – Sarah Dillingham
  • One – Lennee Reid
  • Planning a Themed Wedding (if your theme is disaster) – Laura Williams Argilla
  • Quitter to Queen: How Getting Fired at Forty Changed My Life for the Better – Riah Gonzalez
  • The Life Changing Magic of Firing Marice – Marice Sy

You really don’t want to miss this. It’s going to be a special and memorable night in the 13 year history of Ignite Seattle. It may never happen again!

Get your tickets ($5) now.

Ignite Open Mic Submissions are Now Open

UPDATE: Submissions are now closed!

If you read last week’s announcement, you’ll know that we’re putting on a new Open Mic event on July 8th at the Market Theater in Seattle (7pm-9pm).

The first 20 talk submissions we receive for the open mic will automatically be accepted to go up on stage on the night.

Submissions are open – currently 0 slots available (last updated 6/26). If you act soon you can be on our stage. Scroll down for details.

If you’re more partial to being an audience member, you can buy a $5 ticket for the event right now by clicking here.

How do I submit my talk?

For the Ignite Open Mic, we want to see 20 speakers giving 3 minute talks. Each talk will follow a Ignite format. Slides will still change automatically every 15 seconds, meaning you need to include a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation with your submission.

To become one of our 20 speakers, send us an email at openmic@igniteseattle.com with the following included:

  1. Your full name. (E.g. Major Tom)
  2. The title of your talk. (E.g. Being a Space Oddity)
  3. A short description of what your talk is about. (E.g. I’ll tell a story about the time I went into space in a rocket and then did a space walk.)
  4. Your completed PowerPoint slideshow for the event: this should be 12 slides long and in PPT format. We’ve created a handy template you can use to start you off.

If you make it into the first 20 submissions, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to confirm that you’re going up on stage. Please assume when you submit that you’ll be doing a talk. (So make sure you’re free on the evening of July 8th.)

Being a speaker will get you free access to the open mic. It will also be a great opportunity to wow a supportive audience and the Ignite organizers. Most important of all, you’ll have a whole lot of fun.

We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!
– The Ignite Seattle Team

Ignite Seattle #39 Recap

We had an amazing evening back at the newly renovated Town Hall Seattle. If you were there, thanks for coming. And if you missed it, well, at least you are here now!

In this recap post you’ll find links to the videos for all of the evening’s talks, but first we have a few important things to share.

Our next event, Ignite #40, is on Thursday, October 3rd.

Buying your tickets. We’ve sold out many events in a row, and we expect this one to be no different. Reserve your seats before it’s too late and at the early bird price.

(NEW) Ignite Open Mic Night. If you’ve wanted to speak at our main stage event but have been rejected in the past, or were intimidated by the size of the event, this is for you. This is a much less formal, and likely more fun speaking experience, and you’re guaranteed a spot if you sign up early enough (starting Thursday, June 13). Event is Monday, July 8th. Details here.


Ignite Seattle #39 – Talk Lineup and Videos

Announcing: Ignite Open Mic

A new way to speak

We’ve been getting over 80 talk submissions for Ignite lately. But only 12 of those speakers make it up on stage.

We want everybody to have the chance to do an Ignite talk, so we’re starting a new event: Ignite Open Mic. 

How does it work?

From June 13th, we’ll start accepting submissions for our open mic night which will take place on July 8th. The first (reasonable) 20 submissions we receive will automatically go up on stage. We’ll be playing with our format a little: this time speakers will only have 3 minutes to give their talk.

Anybody can submit to the first Ignite Open Mic, but we’ll also be reaching out to people who previously submitted Ignite talks to give them a chance to shine.

There’s more info below if you’d like to speak or buy a ticket!

When is it happening?

Want to see 20 speakers take to the stage to give a 3 minute Ignite talk? Here are all the details you need:

Date: July 8th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Market Theater, Post Alley, Seattle
Cost: $5 (cheaper than a fancy IPA!)

Buy your ticket now

But I want to speak!

You lovely, amazing person. Read carefully.

Submissions are open and go here for all the details. If you’re accepted to speak, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to let you know more about the event.

The first 20 submissions we receive will go up on stage. Let’s say the first “reasonable” submissions, just to cover us if somebody submits something really mean spirited.

With your submission, you will need to submit your PowerPoint presentation, along with some other essential details, like your name, talk title and a short description.

For our open mic, we want to see 3 minute talks, with 12 slides which will change automatically every 15 seconds.

Why take part?

For being our open mic guinea pig, you’ll get a free ticket to the event and a chance to earn the respect and admiration of your audience.

But you also get a chance to impress us too. We’re always looking for different ways to get quality speakers on stage at our main Ignite events. We make no promises, but this could be the first step in your path to becoming one of those lucky 12 speakers at Ignite 40. 

See you at Ignite Open Mic!

Ignite Seattle #39 is sold out – Here’s how you can still attend!

Ignite Seattle #39 has sold out! This is going to be one of our best shows yet, and if you missed your chance at a ticket, don’t despair. Here’s how to attend:


  1. Watch the event live online.
    For those of you who won’t be able to join us at the event, we’re working with Punch Drunk Productions to bring you the next best thing: a live-stream on the web which makes you feel like you’re in the front row. Sign up now!
  2. Join the standby line.
    At 6pm on Thursday, June 6th, we’re setting up a line outside Town Hall Seattle for standby tickets. We’ll release any unclaimed seats shortly before the show starts (there are usually some available).

The doors at Town Hall Seattle open at 6:30pm (bar & snacks), Show starts at 7:30pm.

(One last thing: if you’re an organization working with people traditionally underrepresented in public speaking – low-income, Black/Latinx, etc – we hold a limited number of completely free tickets for each event. If you’d like to be notified for our next event, or advise us on how to do better outreach, for Ignite Seattle #40 (October 3rd), please drop us a line at diversity@igniteseattle.com.)

Eight great reasons to come to Ignite Seattle #39 (Thurs June 6th)

We’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the best open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’re on a long stretch of sold out shows, but there are still some tickets left for this one (don’t wait).

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one. Here are seven reasons to come to Ignite 39:

  1. We are one of the first events in Town Hall Seattle’s newly renovated Great Hall, it’s one of the best venues for live events in town (and their bar opens at 6:30pm)
  2. Wish you were McGyver? Evy Haroldson will tell us how she learned how to fix nearly anything.
  3. Curious about what happens when a transgender band plays a gig in a rural bar? Ginger Chien tells a great story of a lifechanging event.
  4. Nicole Steinbok, Ignite Seattle alumni and organizer, will be our guest MC. She’s a fantastic Ignite veteran and improv performer and we’re thrilled to have her host #39.
  5. Wonder what happens when you mix AI with cats? Ben Hamm talks about a machine learning project to help train his feline friend.
  6. Want to be a better friend (human or otherwise)? Christin Boyd explains how to do more they say “let me know how to help.” when a friend is in crisis.
  7. Beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood near Town Hall Seattle – our recommendations.
  8. Plus eight more talks on a wide array of challenging, fun and entertaining subjects.

You will hate yourself if you don’t come. I mean, it’s Thursday night – shouldn’t you start your weekend a day early? We think you deserve it.

Go here to buy tickets ($15).  Doors open at 6:30pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 7:30pm, with an  intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.

And thanks to our new sponsor Mindhatch, local provider of design thinking and team improv training.