We know the speakers are the stars. As organizers we do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare and make sure they have what they need to do a great job.
As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a coaching session that all speakers are encouraged to attend. We talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and answering questions . It’s informal, fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also encourage speakers to do a dry run with us to get feedback early from me and other organizers. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting people and it’s a chance to for them to meet and get to know each other.
Here’s the slide deck I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.
Summary of more good advice on speaking at ignite:
- Data on how past Ignite Seattle speakers prepared
- How And Why To Speak At Ignite (done as an ignite talk!)
- Speaking fears and how to manage them
- How To Give A Great Ignite Talk
- The Fastest Way to Prepare An Ignite Talk
- Grigsby on Ignite Speaking Advice
- Forsyth’s advice on Ignite Speaking
- The Moth: true stories told live – a show of stories told live without notes.
Good Example Ignite Talks to Watch:
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