Re-Ignite Seattle: Sept 24th @ 7:30pm PST

We miss you. And while we can’t return to Town Hall any time soon, we have something different in mind. We are going to Re-Ignite Seattle on Thursday Sept 24 at 7:30pm and we would love for you to join us from wherever you are.

What is Re-Ignite Seattle? It’s an experimental online event where we will revisit 3 past talks from our wondrous library. Our hosts, who are Ignite Seattle alumni as well as organizers, have picked 3 of their favorite talks. They will re-watch them with you and chat about what makes each of these talks great.

Re-Ignite Seattle will be hosted by:

  • Sumit Basu – Sumit did a fantastic job hosting our most recent Ignite Seattle event. He is a scientist, an artist and an Instant Pot expert. He is insightful, funny and kind.
  • Zachary Cohn  – Zachary is a long time Ignite Seattle organizer. He wrangles cables, speakers, slides and anything else that has needed wrangling. He is smart, witty and thoughtful.

When: Thursday Sept 24 at 7:30pm PST.
Where: Anywhere on any device with internet access.
Tickets: Tickets are free. Register here to receive the event link.
 

Talks to be Re-Ignited:

  • Saving the Planet With Your Fork – Mary Purdy
  • So, You’re Black in Tech – Rovina Broomfield
  • How My Life Changed Over the Skies of South Korea – Craig Plain

Whether these talks are new for you or you saw them live, our hosts will help you have a great time and appreciate the work of these fantastic storytellers.

See you online soon,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team
 

P.S. we don’t know when the next in-person Ignite Seattle event will be held however you can submit an idea whenever inspiration sparks


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Insider’s guide to presenting and working remotely – Tues. April 28th 7:30pm – live class

Here at Ignite Seattle we’ve been a remote team since 2006. And we’re experts on storytelling and public speaking. We asked ourselves why not put two great things together and help our community? And here it is!

We’ve put together a fun, fast-paced class to help you improve how you present ideas online. Plus some time tested advice on remote working in general.

In this one hour session you’ll learn:

  1. The 5 common mistakes presenters make and how to transcend them
  2. The science behind speaking fears and how to manage them
  3. Why remote presenting is harder and what to do about it
  4. The 5 mistakes remote workers make and how to prevent them
  5. Q&A where your questions will be answered

Your teacher will be pro speaker, remote work expert and Ignite Seattle speaker coach  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 and The Year Without Pants, an Amazon book of the year about remote work.

Class will be taught online using Zoom.

REGISTER HERE for our Insider’s guide to presenting and working remotely – Tuesday April 28th at 7:30pm ($10).

Other events like this charge as much as $250. For the Ignite Seattle community, this workshop 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.)

Rescheduling Ignite Seattle #42

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the postponement of the next Ignite Seattle (#42) due to be held on June 4. Instead, we plan to hold the event on Thursday, October 8 at Town Hall Seattle. 

At this point any explanation as to why is unnecessary, unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months. If that’s the case, please sit down, we’ve got some really bad news…

More info about the postponement, what it means for you, and how COVID is affecting Ignite Seattle is below:

Did you already buy a ticket to the June event? 

Even though the event is technically postponed, we will be sending a full refund to anybody who already bought a ticket. If that’s you, expect the refund in your bank account soonish. Tickets for the October date will be on sale soon.

What effect is COVID-19 having on Ignite Seattle?

Ignite Seattle is a completely volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit. Since we have no paid staff, nobody in our organization will be financially hurt by the postponement of our June event. 

However, like everybody else, we are sad. We’ve all lost something during the crisis and losing the next Ignite is just another disappointments for us. 

We hope what’s happening will bring people together to tell more stories, some of which we’d love to see on stage in October. (Now may even be the perfect time to submit a talk.)

As always, we’ll be working to make our next event the biggest and best yet. We hope you’ll be there to join us.

See you in October.

– The Ignite Seattle Team


Announcing speakers and stories for Ignite Seattle #41 – Feb. 27th at Town Hall Seattle

We are excited to announce our speaker lineup for Ignite Seattle #41, with guest host Sumit Basu. We had over 80 (!) submissions from which we picked our lineup of fantastic talks (thanks to everyone who took the time to share their story with us).

Get your tickets now – just $10 at the early bird price, which ends soon. ($5 more after that).

  • The speakers and topics are fantastic. See the list below. 
  • We will sell out. We almost always do.
  • You save $5 now. Buy tickets before 2/13 and you get Early Bird pricing.

Here are our evening’s stories and storytellers (order is to be determined):

  • The Most Glad You’ll Be All March, Gavin Verhey
  • Lessons From a Billboard, Willie Weir
  • Horny and Hooved Fur Babies: Why Goats Are the New Dogs, Susan Fergason
  • The Struggle As An Emotional Man (And Asian American), Victor Ung
  • The Wheel Deal with Suffrage, Haley Shapley
  • The Day My Heart Stopped 14 Times, Jana Morrelli
  • Co-Living the Dream, Syd Fredrickson, M.Ed.
  • How My Life Changed Over the Skies of South Korea, Craig Plain
  • Nobody cares about drowning polar bears, Nicole DeNamur
  • 22q11 Deletion Syndrome: The Most Common Birth Defect You’ve Never Heard Of, Ramon Arjona
  • Worldschooling: Bringing It Home, Alex Alviar
  • Shirro’s Plate – Eating Fresh, Mercy Kariuki-McGee

What to expect at the show on Thursday, Feb. 27th:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm – get a drink, a snack, and play a game
  • Show starts at 7:30pm – with an intermission in the middle
  • After party at 9:30pm – celebrate the show with the speakers and organizers

$10 until Feb 13 – $15 after

Announcing Guest Host Sumit Basu – for Ignite Seattle #41

At our last event, we had our second guest host Rovina Broomield. We’ve done this twice now (first was organizer Nicole Steinbok), and it’s been so much fun and they’ve done so well, we’re having one more.

This time, we’re very excited to announce it’s Ignite Seattle alum Sumit Basu. He’ll be the host (formerly called MC) for the evening, introducing the audience to the Ignite format and inviting our speakers to the stage.

Tickets are on sale now (early bird price of $10) and as usual, we expect to sell out, so don’t wait. And talk submissions are currently open, if you have a story or lesson you’d like to share with your city (and the world).

Sumit spoke at Ignite Seattle #37 at the Egyptian about “De-Mystifying The Instant Pot” which you can (and should) watch below.

Why are Ignite Talks Only Five Minutes Long?

We often get asked why do speakers only get 5 minutes? The answer is obvious to us: most presentations, most of the time, aren’t very good. One reason why is that with 20, 30 or 60 minutes, there’s no natural way for speakers to make sure they get to the heart of their story or lesson and stay there. We take seriously the idea that if you can’t use 5 minutes on stage well, why would we give you more? We’re convinced a shorter format helps speakers do a good job, even inexperienced ones. It forces them to prepare, practice and refine. It also creates energy, drama and allows more people to share the stage at our events.

Although Ignite began in Seattle in 2006, there is a long history of short-form speaking events. In 1917, The Four Minute Men worked for the U.S. government to convey information to citizens. More recently, in 2000, software developer Mark Jason Dominus realized most speakers were far from concise. They go on too long and rarely make their points clearly no matter how much time they have. His solution? Instead of giving them 60, 30 or even 20 minutes, just give them five. The time limit was the only rule, and he called this format the lightning talk. Today events do 99 second or 60 second talks, and in some cases allow anyone brave enough to walk up to the microphone to take a turn.

In a similar spirit of brevity, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham from the architecture firm Klein-Dytham wanted to inspire creative people to express themselves more clearly. In 2003 they started a new format for presentations called Pecha Kucha (pronounced pe-chak-cha), with the goal of making presentations fun and interesting, and increasing the number of speakers that can present in a few hours. Their format is 20 slides and 20 seconds for each slide (20×20), for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

In 2006 Brady Forest and Bre Petis, who worked for O’Reilly Media at the time, created the first Ignite event, an evening of short talks and socializing here in Seattle. It was an experiment to see if the Seattle community wanted a more dynamic and social speaking event. They simplified the format to 20 slides, with 15 seconds per slide, to make a nice round number of five minutes. It went well. They promoted the idea of the event and there are now dozens of them around the world.

Here at Ignite Seattle, two of our major goals are sharing diverse stories and teaching the craft of storytelling. To achieve this we provide free coaching to all of our speakers to help them master the five-minute Ignite format as well as gain confidence in all of the core skills of public speaking.

[This is a revised version of The End Of Boring Presentations, Forbes.com]

Ignite Seattle #40 Recap + Videos

Thanks to all of you who joined us for another stupendously fun, inspiring and challenging evening of short presentations, lively conversations and interactive experiences. Here is our recap of everything from that wonderful night.

Thanks to our sponsors Punch Drunk, Mindhatch, 4Culture and Reel Grrrls for our on-air livestream entertainment.

Our next event, Ignite #41, is on Thursday, February 27th 2020 and submissions are open.

And tickets are on sale at early bird price ($10). We’ve sold out 9 of our last 10 shows – get your seats now. Invite your friends or people you’d like to make into your friends.


Ignite Seattle #40 – Talk Lineup & Videos

Get tickets NOW for Ignite #41, February 27th, 2020.

Photos from Ignite Seattle #40

Full gallery can be found here. Thanks to Brady Harvey and Randy Stewart, our official photographers.

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Ignite Seattle 40 Speakers
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Ignite Seattle 40
Karlos Dillard - Ignite Seattle 40
Melissa Reaves - Ignite Seattle 40
Josh Jelin - Ignite Seattle 40
Angela Barrus - Ignite Seattle 40
Ignite Seattle 40

Our next event, Ignite #41, is on Thursday, February 27th 2020 and submissions are open.

Seven great reasons to come to Ignite Seattle #40 (Thurs Oct. 3rd)

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, so don’t wait to long to get your tickets.

Our shows are a great, fun, social experience, perfect for a date night, catching up with old friends or even just to hang out with coworkers after work. 

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one. Here are seven reasons to come to Ignite 40:

  1. Know Anyone with OCD? Melissa Reaves will talk about the profound effects on her family of having a child with the condition and how they’ve learned to cope and grow. 
  2. Wonder what the impact of what you eat really is? Mary Purdy will explain how you can save the world, just by what you put under  your fork.
  3. Did you know there are almost 450,000 foster children in the U.S.? Karlos Dillard, a foster adult, will teach us how they see life differently, something we should know as some people in our lives were likely once in the foster system. 
  4.  Rovina Broomfield, Ignite Seattle alum (So you’re Black in Tech), will be our fantastic Guest MC for the entire evening. 
  5. Have you been arrested for a serious crime you didn’t even know you were commtting? Angela Barris’ surprising story involves a children’s toy, drawn guns, a concussion and bloody hands! Come to hear they whole wild tale.  
  6. Easily beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood near Town Hall Seattle with our recommendations.
  7. 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.

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

Announcing Guest MC: Rovina Broomfield – for Ignite Seattle #40

At our #39th event, it worked out so well to have Nicole Steinbok as a guest MC, we’re doing it again for #40.

This time it’s Ignite Seattle alum Rovina Broomfield. She’ll be the master of ceremonies (thats what MC, or emcee, means after all) introducing the audience to the Ignite format and inviting our great lineup of speakers to the stage.

Tickets are on sale now (early bird price of $10) and as usual, we expect to sell out, so don’t wait.

She spoke at #37 at the Egyptian about “So You’re Black In Tech”.

Announcing speakers and stories for Ignite Seattle #40 – Oct. 3rd at Town Hall Seattle

We are excited to announce our speaker lineup for Ignite Seattle #40. We had over 60 submissions from which we picked our lineup of fantastic talks (thanks to all who took time to share their story with us).

Get your tickets now – just $10 at the early bird price, which ends soon. ($5 more after that).

  • The speakers and topics are fantastic. See the list below. 
  • We will sell out.
  • You save $5 now. Buy tickets before 9/19 and you get Early Bird pricing.

Here are our evening’s stories and storytellers (order is to be determined):

  • Saving the Planet with your Fork, Mary Purdy
  • Friend Of A Foster Child, Karlos Dillard
  • Urban Wildlife Gardening, Understanding Israel
  • How To See Your Own Perception Bias, Aeva Black
  • Turning orphanages into Creative Hubs, Simon Okelo
  • Does This P-value Make my Lies Look Good?, Josh Jelin
  • Why We Should Teach Kids to Write Fiction, Rebecca A. Demarest
  • Dying Black, Ashley McGirt
  • Confessions of an International Smuggler, Angela Barrus
  • How Religion Shaped me as a Scientist, FoSheng Hsu
  • OCD is a Family Affair, Melissa Reaves
  • I Like Your Shoes, Wanna Be Friends?, Nadine Khoury

What to expect at the show on Thursday, Oct 3rd:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm – get a drink, a snack, and play a game
  • Show starts at 7:30pm – with an intermission in the middle
  • After party at 9:30pm – celebrate the show with the speakers and organizers

$10 until Sept 19 – $15 after