Learn Public Speaking From the Ignite Seattle Team

Ignite Seattle thrives on diverse ideas and challenging stories. We think everyone should give public speaking a shot, and we’re hosting a workshop 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.

Your coach will be professional speaker and Ignite Seattle emcee Scott Berkun. In addition to giving 20 to 30 lectures and keynotes each year, he wrote the bestselling guide to public speaking, Confessions of a Public Speaker.

  • Date: August 7, 2018; 7-9pm
  • Location: Idea Lab at Fluke Hall, University of Washington
  • Cost: $5. Register here.
  • Email us if you need a free ticket

How To Promote Your Ignite Talk

If you’re speaking at the next Ignite Seattle, make the most of your amazing opportunity! Here’s how:

Before the event:

  1. Invite your friends and family to be in the audience. We’d love to have them in the audience to support you. Tickets are inexpensive and it’s a great night. You can use this video to help explain what Ignite Seattle is like.
  2. On Facebook, go to our event page, mark yourself as “going” and then share it out to your network. You can directly invite people to attend and you should!
  3. If you are on Twitter, Facebook or have your own blog, here’s a simple announcement you can copy and paste

Big news: my talk on “<Insert your amazing talk title here>” will be part of the next Ignite Seattle event on Thursday March 1st at the Egyptian theater on Capitol Hill. it’s an evening of great short talks on interesting topics and you should come to cheer me on!

You can buy tickets now, and act fast as they usually sell out. Hope to see you there.

After the event:

We capture and publish videos of all talks and post them online in just a few days. We want to help you to get your message out as best we can.

  1. You’ll receive an email a few days after the event with links to all of the talks, including yours.
  2. Find your video and post it everywhere, Facebook, Twitter, your blog, your neighborhood newsletter – your friends and family want to see it.
  3. We will also post photos from our staff photographers that you can share with your friends and social networks.

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Prepare: how to find royalty free images

If you present at Ignite Seattle, your talk, and your slides, will be seen by hundreds of people, and even more online. It’s important that you use only images that you have permission to use: you wouldn’t want someone to use your work with out permission, would you?

To help, there are several ways to find images that are rights and royalty free, the easiest is Google.

Google Images

  1. Go to Google Images Search
  2. Search for something (e.g. “people playing dodge ball”)
  3. Click on the Tools option, on the right
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  4. Click on Usage rights

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  1. Select Labeled for reuse or the level of license you need

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You can also set other options for the images you want (high size equals higher quality).

Other sources of royalty-free images

 

 

 

How to make slides Ignite Friendly (automated)

One of the requirements for speaking at Ignite is your slides must automatically advance. It’s wise to practice many times before doing an Ignite talk, and this post shows you how to set up your slides for this purpose.

For Powerpoint Mac/Windows:

  1. Select all your slides. You can do this by clicking the first thumbnail on the left hand side, scrolling to the bottom, then holding shift and clicking the last one (Or hitting Cntrl-A for Select All)
  2. In the ribbon/menu bar on top, go to “Transitions.”
  3. On the right hand side, you’ll see the “advance slide” section. Uncheck “On Mouse Click” and check the “After” box. Type “15.00” into the box next to “After.”
  4. Slightly further to the right, click on the “Apply To All Slides” button.
  5. Now start your slideshow from the beginning, wait 15 seconds, and presto!

Make sure you only have 20 slides (equivalent to 5:00 of presenting time). You don’t want to be rehearsing with more slides than are allowed.

[based on advice from Zac Cohn]

How to prepare to speak at Ignite Seattle

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.

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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.

But many other folks have written advice on preparing for Ignite. There is no right way to prepare of course and the ends are far more important than the means.
We tell speakers that since they’re speaking about something they know well and are passionate about, they could probably spend time thinking carefully about  4 or 5 stories or messages and simply practice and present that, without any slides, and do fine. We strongly recommend people develop their ideas, points and stories before they make a single slide. What you say and how you say it is by far the most important thing.

Summary of more good advice on speaking at ignite: