Author and Speaker, known for fine books including The Myths of Innovation, Making things Happen, Confessions of a Public Speaker and The Dance of The Possible. Speaker coach and MC for Ignite Seattle.
UPDATE: Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted.
Submissions are currently open for our next main stage event, Ignite Seattle #40, on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at Town Hall Seattle (Tix $10). If you’ve thought about proposing a talk in the past, now is a great time. Here are 5 reasons why you should do it:
It’s Seattle’s best live audience. We fill the great hall at Town Hall Seattle with almost 1000 of the most curious and supportive people you will ever speak in front of. They’ll cheer you on, laugh at your jokes and appreciate the effort you put in.
You get to think about what you really care about. Submitting a talk is a forcing function: it gets you to think about your life experiences and knowledge and what you most wish to share, or want people to understand. Even if you don’t get in, you’ll better understand yourself (or realize you might need some more adventure in your life to make for new stories!)
Receive free expert speaker coaching. We do everything we can to help our speakers, including two practice sessions with expert speaker coach Scott Berkun.
You’ll become part of the Ignite Seattle family. For more than ten years we’ve put some of the most interesting people in our city on our stage, and you’ll be invited to our alum events to meet and get to know many of them.
We give you great advice on what we’re looking for. Read our handy little guide that explains the common mistakes people make, how submissions get chosen, and what kinds of topics and ideas are most likely to get accepted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets are only $5. That’s less than half the price of a movie ticket, and you’ll get live action, high drama, high stakes edutainment and storytelling, performed live on stage (and no sequels or prequels or Nyquils). It’s a bargain in every way.
There’s a great talk lineup. Maybe curation is overrated? The list of talks are challenging, interesting, funny and inspired. All things we know Ignite Seattle fans love to hear.
Talk / Speaker List (order TBD)
My Personal Experience with ID Theft – Christopher Wilson
An Unexpected Call for Courage – Kiesha Garrison
What My Kids Teach Me About Networking – Lynette Garcia
Data Bases and 3D Paintings – Bronson Shonk
Good News & Bad News A New Way To Deal With Things You Don’t Want to Hear – Matt Jensen
My Crimes and My Punishments – Daniel Baird
Out of the Box Belonging – Rebecca Kathleen Andersen
How to Be Old, Pissed off, and Wildly Hilarious* in Five Easy Steps – Ro
Toss the Design Porn and Find Your Happy Place – Rebecca West
Blockchain for Direct Democracy – Ana Jamborcic
The Lonely ‘Lancer – Melissa Strawn
Escaping Ordinary Consciousness Through Sex– Jen Martin
Happy Birthday Women’s Suffrage! – Tonya Peck
C Level Under 30 – Altagracia Daly
3 Lessons From the Commune – Uri israel
Why are Disability Products so #$@&%*! 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!
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 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:
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!
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).
(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 email@example.com.)
Hi Ignite fans! This week we had our first coaching session with our Ignite #39 speakers. Our favorite part of the session was when the speakers – with little prep work – stood up and gave a rough practice run of their talk. They did an incredible job. There was a lot of smiling, laughing, clapping and just a couple of tears this time. You will not want to miss the June 6th show.
Here is our excellent lineup (order is to be determined):
Cats, Rats, A.I., Oh My! – Ben Hamm
I’m the Weirdo Who Left the Elevator Note – Sixta Morel
Design for Conflict – Bonnie Toland
Oh, You’re a Mommy Who Wants to Work. How Sweet. – Nancy Jensen
Fix Evy-thing – Evy Haroldson
An Immigrant’s Battle – Salome Munyaka
You Can’t Ask a Choking Man for Instructions – Christin Boyd
A Transgender Band Walks Into a Rural Olympic Peninsula bar… – Ginger Chien
Growing Up Un-Special – Leah Scherschel
Forgive and Remember: How Forgiveness Really Works – Susan Fee
Retiring My “Best Idea” – Emoji Pillows – Roberto Hoyos
Multisensory Music and Autism – Kent Godfrey
New Guest MC: Nicole Steinbok
Nicole Steinbok, Ignite Seattle organizer and multi-time alumni, will be MC’ing Ignite Seattle #39. She will be fabulous and like our speakers, she is very excited and a bit nervous. Come be a part of one of the best audiences in Seattle and cheer on Nicole and our speakers as they entertain, enlighten and channel their excitement into a great show.
New Sponsor: Mindhatch
The talks at Ignite Seattle are often about creativity and exploring ideas, which explains why we are excited to announce that Mindhatch, with their masterful blend of Design Thinking, Organizational Improv, and Innovation Facilitation, is now on board as one of our sponsors.
The talks at Ignite Seattle are often about creativity and exploring ideas, which explains why we are excited to announce that Mindhatch is now on board as one of our sponsors.
Many organizations and teams struggle to find and develop new ideas into solutions, but if you work with Mindhatch, based in Seattle, they’ll show you the way.
Using their masterful blend of Design Thinking, Organizational Improv, and Innovation Facilitation, they help you solve complex business problems, boost customer value, and improve team performance, while having engaging and productive fun and the same time. Their customized experiences develop team skillsets and spur collective creativity, innovation, and actionable results.
Coonoor Behal, the founder and CEO of Mindhatch, will be at Ignite #39 (June 6, 2019) to help celebrate our new partnership. Her amazing background in both strategy and innovation consulting, combined with her experience as an improv performer and teacher, makes Mindhatch a stellar organization to help you grow and develop your organization. Watch a video of them in action here.
We are supremely pleased to announce our speaker lineup for Ignite Seattle #39. We had over 70 submissions of which we picked 12 fantastic talks (thanks to all who took the time to share their story with us). And we’re excited to return to Town Hall Seattle on Thursday, June 6th, now that their major renovations are finished.
If you had five minutes to talk to your city, what story would you tell? What lesson would you teach?
Ignite Seattle is our city’s “town square as an event” and gives ordinary folks the opportunity to share what they know, a story or an opinion, to a large audience of their fellow citizens (and the world, through our free internet livestream).
We believe everybody has a great story to share, and with good coaching (which we provide) and a great stage (Town Hall Seattle) they can make a difference in how people think and feel about almost anything. Ignite talks are 5 minutes long, with 20 slides that automate every 15 seconds, to create a vibrant and lively evening event.
To submit, all that’s required is a thoughtful talk title and description (read our advice), plus a commitment to attend the rehearsal and of course the event itself. For most events, we get about 80 submissions to fill 12 slots. We recommend you watch a few Ignite Seattle talks to get a sense for what they are like.
Ignite Seattle thrives on diverse ideas and challenging stories and we’ve coached hundreds of people how to share them live on stage. We know everyone can be better at speaking in their daily lives and we’re hosting another workshop (last one sold out in a day) to help you do that.
Join us to learn:
How to tell better stories at work or in life (and do it fast!)
The 6 most common mistakes speakers make and how to avoid them
The science behind fears about speaking and how to manage them
How to get a talk proposal accepted at events like Ignite Seattle, TEDx, etc.
Plus a few volunteers who bring 60 seconds of a talk they have will get an expert critique
You don’t need to have a talk idea or submit to Ignite to attend.