I don’t have to do nothing but eat, drink, stay black, and die.
Langston Hughes, “Necessity”
Ashley McGirt has heard this sentiment repeated by her family since she was a child. Her grandmother’s take, “All I got to do is stay black and die” is particularly ingrained in her mind.
People of color die younger and at a higher rate, largely due to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and other cardiac problems. As Ashley says, “we are not dying well, and black people especially are not dying well.”
Ashley has a unique view into this problem as a licensed mental health therapist, and on October 3, she’ll share what she’s learned about this inequity in death, and how to die well.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Rovina Broomfield, Ignite Seattle alum (So you’re Black in Tech), will be our fantastic Guest MC for the entire evening.
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.
Easily beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood near Town Hall Seattle with our recommendations.
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).
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.
Want to improve your ability to tell your story? Learn how to organize and structure a truly compelling presentation? Or finally get past your fears of speaking in public? At Ignite Seattle we’ve been coaching and training speakers for years and we want to teach you what we know.
Join us on Monday, August 19th for a fun and fast paced evening where you will learn everything you need to know about storytelling and public speaking. We’ll give actionable and proven advice on:
How to tell better stories at work or in life (and do it fast!)
The 6 common mistakes speakers make and how to avoid them
The science behind speaking fears and how to manage them
Q&A where you biggest and toughest questions will be answered
Advice for getting talk proposals accepted at events like Ignite Seattle, TEDx, etc.
Plus a few volunteers who come prepared with 60 seconds of a talk will get an expert critique
This event is not focused on the Ignite format, although it is referenced, and you do not need to have a talk prepared 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.
Other events like this charge as much as $250. For the Ignite audience, this workshop on August 19th is only $10. How can you pass up that deal? (We also provide free tickets to those with need. Just email us.)
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!
If you read last week’s announcement, you’ll know that we’re putting on a new Open Mic event on July 8th at the Market Theater in Seattle (7pm-9pm).
The first 20 talk submissions we receive for the open mic will automatically be accepted to go up on stage on the night.
Submissions are open – currently 0 slots available (last updated 6/26). If you act soon you can be on our stage. Scroll down for details.
If you’re more partial to being an audience member, you can buy a $5 ticket for the event right now by clicking here.
How do I submit my talk?
For the Ignite Open Mic, we want to see 20 speakers giving 3 minute talks. Each talk will follow a Ignite format. Slides will still change automatically every 15 seconds, meaning you need to include a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation with your submission.
If you make it into the first 20 submissions, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to confirm that you’re going up on stage. Please assume when you submit that you’ll be doing a talk. (So make sure you’re free on the evening of July 8th.)
Being a speaker will get you free access to the open mic. It will also be a great opportunity to wow a supportive audience and the Ignite organizers. Most important of all, you’ll have a whole lot of fun.
We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions! – The Ignite Seattle Team
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.
We’ve been getting over 80 talk submissions for Ignite lately. But only 12 of those speakers make it up on stage.
We want everybody to have the chance to do an Ignite talk, so we’re starting a new event: Ignite Open Mic.
How does it work?
From June 13th, we’ll start accepting submissions for our open mic night which will take place on July 8th. The first (reasonable) 20 submissions we receive will automatically go up on stage. We’ll be playing with our format a little: this time speakers will only have 3 minutes to give their talk.
Anybody can submit to the first Ignite Open Mic, but we’ll also be reaching out to people who previously submitted Ignite talks to give them a chance to shine.
There’s more info below if you’d like to speak or buy a ticket!
When is it happening?
Want to see 20 speakers take to the stage to give a 3 minute Ignite talk? Here are all the details you need:
Date: July 8th Time: 7pm-9pm Location: Market Theater, Post Alley, Seattle Cost: $5 (cheaper than a fancy IPA!)
The first 20 submissions we receive will go up on stage. Let’s say the first “reasonable” submissions, just to cover us if somebody submits something really mean spirited.
With your submission, you will need to submit your PowerPoint presentation, along with some other essential details, like your name, talk title and a short description.
For our open mic, we want to see 3 minute talks, with 12 slides which will change automatically every 15 seconds.
Why take part?
For being our open mic guinea pig, you’ll get a free ticket to the event and a chance to earn the respect and admiration of your audience.
But you also get a chance to impress us too. We’re always looking for different ways to get quality speakers on stage at our main Ignite events. We make no promises, but this could be the first step in your path to becoming one of those lucky 12 speakers at Ignite 40.