Last Day for Talk Submissions

We would love for YOU to submit your talk idea to Ignite Seattle, happening on Feb 17 at Town Hall Seattle. Talk submissions are due today (Jan 14) before midnight.  

If you would like some guidance beforehand:

About COVID: We are working to make this event as safe as possible, and we’re going beyond the legal minimum and what many other events do. All our audience members will be vaccinated, and we’re providing everyone with fitted N95 masks and making other changes to the format to reduce the chance of transmission. We expect cases to decrease significantly by the time of the event, but in the meantime speaker training may be online.

P.S. If you would rather be in the audience, you can buy your tickets now to our Feb 17 event with early bird pricing. 

Our Next Host Is…

We are so excited to announce our host for Ignite Seattle #42 is…. Marice Sy.  Wooohoo!!

Marice is a proud transnational living in Ballard. In 2018, they found a home in the Ignite Seattle Team, which shares their values of internationalism and broadmindedness.  Like many of you, Marice has never spoken in Town Hall.

“The Ignite stage is for everyone. I love that anyone can be a rockstar for five minutes, and I get to be the hypeman.” -Marice Sy

Want to know what your hypeman is like? Check out their fantastic open mic Ignite Seattle Talk: The Life-Changing Magic of Firing Marice.

Ignite Seattle #42 Quick Links:

We can’t wait to see you and hear your stories!

We Want You… To Submit a Talk Idea

5 Reasons To Submit a Talk Idea To Ignite Seattle – Ignite Seattle

We are optimistically planning an in-person Ignite Seattle #42 for Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at Town Hall Seattle! If we need to adjust due to COVID we will. For now, we are focused on lining up amazing speakers. We hope that’s you or someone you know! 

Submit your talk idea by Jan 14 
 

5 reasons why YOU should submit a talk idea
1. Share your story, idea, or passion live with the best audience in Seattle 
2. Shake up your routine by doing something new
3. Change the way people think about a particular subject matter
4. Connect with other Ignite storytellers and alum
5. Build up your public speaking skills

You will attend a storytelling working and get feedback from the expert who wrote the book on it, Scott Berkun. You will also be assigned a mentor and get a lot of support. Then, after a rehearsal, you will share your story with the best audience in Seattle. Everyone will rock it, including you!

Why encourage a friend to submit a talk idea?
It is a great way to tell someone amazing you believe in them. Forward them this link with a note along the lines of: You are one of the most interesting people I know. I’d love to hear you share a story for a larger audience to enjoy! Submit your idea here: igniteseattle.com/submit

Ignite Seattle is Back!

We are thrilled to announce that we are back in person… Ignite Seattle #42 is happening Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at Town Hall Seattle! We have missed you and your stories so much.

The details, but make it quick:
Now:Get TicketsJoin our organizing teamSign up to volunteer.
Jan 14: Submit a talk
Feb 17 – Attend Ignite Seattle 
Interested? Good! Keep reading to learn more:

Volunteer
We need volunteers. The possibilities range from a few hours during the event to joining our fantastic and fun organizing team. If you are interested in a volunteering a few hours during the event fill out our volunteer form. If you want to join our amazing organizing team check out the details here

Speak
We need amazing people with something to say. Do you have a story, a project or a passion you would like to share with the best audience in Seattle? Submit a talk idea! Do you know someone we NEED to hear from? Encourage them to share it! Submit talk ideas now until January 14, 2022. Nervous about public speaking or creating a slide deck? We have a helpful team who will coach, mentor and assist you!

Attend
Ignite Seattle needs an audience to cheer on our amazing speakers! Get your tickets now for early bird pricing ($10). Why buy tickets now? It helps us plan, make a budget, etc. If you buy now and something comes up later we will process refund requests until two weeks before the event. 

What about COVID-19? Town Hall Seattle has been successfully hosting in person events. We will follow the Town Hall Seattle Building Policies.  Currently the audience must BOTH 1) be fully vaccinated or show a negative PCR test result from the last 48 hours, and 2) be masked. If you’d rather watch Ignite Seattle #42 from home, we will be providing a livestream option.

To recap:
Submit a talk idea by Jan 14
Sign up to volunteer
Join our organizing team
Buy tickets: Thursday Feb 17, 2022 7:30pm at Town Hall Seattle (or online) Other questions? Email us

 We can’t wait to see you and hear your stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

October Inspirations from the Ignite Seattle Team

Seasons greetings from everyone at Ignite Seattle. We’ve missed you and the energy and community you bring to all of the events we do.

The team got most of us together in-person for the first time in far too long. We met for beers and snacks at Redhook on Capitol Hill and talked about our plans for the future and the possibility of our return to Town Hall early in 2022.

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Volunteer organizers Marice Sy, Sumit Basu, Nicole Steinbok, Zac Cohn, Randy Stewart, Tyler Menezes and Scott Berkun, at Redhook (The rest of our team, including Jenny, Emily and Leigh were missed!)

We’ve missed all of you. And the energy you bring to all of the events we do. We wanted to share some energy back to you with some updates from our speakers.

Inspiring things our alumni have done:

https://kieshagarrison.co/
Melissa Reaves
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We’re so proud of these and all of our former speakers!

REQUEST: We’re looking for more inspiration: What have YOU been up to that you’re proud of or excited about since our Ignite #41 in March of 2020? It’s been a rough ride, but what has been something positive for you?

We need to know! Share it with us: leave a comment. It just takes a minute. Thanks.

Recap & Talk Videos: Charity Champions Event

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in last week’s Charity Champions edition of Ignite Seattle, especially our brave and talented speakers.

With your help, Ignite Seattle was able to donate over $5,000 to five amazing local non-profits and thanks to all who attended for helping us decide. This week donations will be made to the following organizations:

Urban League Seattle: $800
Seattle Latino Film Festival: $1332.26
Northwest USO: $800
Dress for Success Seattle: $1332.26
Seattle Human Society: $800 

If you want to (re)watch the talks, you can check out all the videos here.

While we don’t know when our next event will be, we hope to continue to find ways to help you share your stories. In the meantime, check out our website or find us on social media for more info. 

Stay safe, do good, tell stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

Ignite Seattle Returns: Thurs. April 29th 7:30pm

We’re hosting a special online storytelling event and we’re calling it Charity Champions. This has been a rough year for our city and here at Ignite Seattle we want to help those who have done so much to help our citizens. Our virtual stage will showcase personal stories about local non-profits.

It will be an evening of great stories and you can help us help those in need in Seattle.

Each story will feature a story about a local organization and they will receive grants totaling $4,000 + ticket proceeds. People who attend will help determine how the grants are allocated.

Charity Champion Speakers and Their Non-Profits: 

  • Lorena Ware – My lucky suit (Dress for Success Seattle)
  • Craig Plain – Charity from your village (Northwest United Services Organizations)
  • Nari Weaver – I confess, I’m a gap addict! (Seattle Latino Film Festival)
  • Ginger Chien – Life turns: I decide which way to look (Seattle Humane Society)
  • The LuvLee Leroy – I see Yoda: The ‘Force’ is with me (Urban League – Seattle)

Tickets are FREE or you can donate money to add to what we will give to them. ALL ticket proceeds will go to the non-profits featured. Let’s support these speakers and their charities!

 Get your tickets now.

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted stories. It was amazing to read about all the charity champions in our Ignite Seattle community. We appreciate you!

Stay safe, do good, tell stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

Next Ignite Seattle: Thurs. April 29th, 7:30pm (Charity Champions)

Ignite Seattle is back.  We’re hosting a special online event focused on great storytelling and giving back to the Seattle community. 

$3,000+ giveaway to local non-profits.   Many local groups are doing so much to help the people of Seattle and we’re going to help them. We will put on our virtual stage the best personal stories about local charities and non-profits. The organizations showcased the night of our live online event will receive grants totaling $3,000 or more! 

Tell your story about a local organization
Submit YOUR story related to a charity by March 22. Has a local non-profit helped you? Or have you observed how they’ve supported a community? Tell us the story. If selected, you’ll be assigned a mentor who will help you with your talk. This is your chance to show up for a nonprofit that’s been meaningful to you! We can’t wait to hear about it. 

Free online storytelling workshop
To help you develop your story idea and sharpen your presentation skills, we are hosting a FREE Online Storytelling Workshop on Monday, March 15 at 7:30pm. Scott Berkun, professional speaker coach, former Ignite MC and long-time Ignite Seattle co-organizer, will be your teacher. This online workshop will give you his time-tested advice on short-form (remote) public speaking, and some students will get live feedback. Scott rocks. He will help you rock. Register now

Join the live online event
Hosted by the dynamic duo of Marice Sy and Sumit Basu. By attending YOU will help determine how the grants are allocated to the organizations showcased. Tickets are “donate what you can” ($0-$50), all ticket proceeds will be added to the Charity Champion grants. 

Spread the word
Submissions are open to anyone in the greater Seattle area and the more people who attend the event means more money will go to good causes. Help us get the word out? Thanks. 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. 

Stay safe, do good, tell stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

We’re still here and we miss you: 2021 update

Greetings from the Ignite Seattle team and welcome to our latest year as a civilization on this planet. It’s been a rough ride for sure but we are happy you are here. 

We’ve been staying safe, wise and patient, waiting until it’s safe to do live events again (which we know will happen). But we miss you and hope you miss us, and we wanted to give you a warm hello as we roll into 2021. 

Watch: Re-Ignite Seattle 2020 

Last fall we did a new style of event, of particular interest if you want to learn more about storytelling craft and the behind the scenes view of how Ignite Seattle works.

Hosted by organizers Sumit Basu and Zac Cohn, watch some great talks and listen to our hosts’ expert commentary.  You can also see the chat room in (recorded) real-time, with many alumni and organizers joining in with comments. 

You can watch it here

Get your live storytelling fix

We’re wisely waiting the pandemic out for our next major event – but many other local groups have been charging ahead. If you miss live local storytelling, check these events out:

  • Fresh Ground Stories: stories of people who had your back, Thurs Jan. 21 7pm PST – This longstanding Seattle event does monthly open-mic style short form storytelling on a theme, live with no slides. Free and open to all.
  • Unexpected Productions – One of the oldest improv groups in Seattle, they offer a mix of live performances and classes weekly. They’re a great organization and can use your support this year. And improv is a fun way to improve your speaking skills (approved by former emcees and improv students Scott Berkun and Nicole Steinbok).  
  • Under the Rainbow: Storytelling for LGBTQ+ – Mon January 11th, 6pm PST. this bi-monthly event for teens and adults is open-mic. LGBTQIA+ tellers are prioritized; allies are welcome in the audience. No one is obligated to tell a story.
  • Class: Creating Stageworthy Stories Workshop, taught by Kent Whipple (of Unexpected Productions, an Ignite friend and one of our speaker coaches). This 6 class online workshop is a fantastic way to get direct coaching from one of the best coaches you will find – a great way to grow your storytelling skills. $200 for 6 classes, starting Sunday, Jan. 10th 3-5pm PST (and weekly thereafter). 

Favorite talks that will make you smile

We asked the team for a fun talk to recommend to you and here’s our list from Tyler, Zac and Nicole:

That should give you a solid boost of fun, creative and inspiring storytelling to get you through the week. 

Stay well and stay safe,
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

P.S.S If you have an idea for something we should do before live events return, get in touch. 
 

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.)