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.
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.
One of our favorite partners is The World Is Fun, a local non-profit that connects people with great Seattle community events and organizations. They’re having their annual fundraising auction this week and it’s going to be a great evening. You should be there. All proceeds go to support the great work they do.
General admission is $35 (cocktails and appetizers) and they’re auctioning off all kinds of great prizes, like Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame) joining your trivia team, get your own flavor of ice-cream on the menu at Full Tilt, behind the scenes tours of the Woodland Park Zoo, DJ for a day on 92.5, and many more.