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.
Your own images
If you have images you have taken yourself that do not include intellectual property owned by others, you can of course use your own photos.
- Go to Google Images Search
- Search for something (e.g. “people playing dodge ball”)
- Click on the Tools option, on the right
- Click on Usage rights
- Select Labeled for reuse or the level of license you need
You can also set other options for the images you want (high size equals higher quality).
Other sources of royalty-free images
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:
- 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)
- In the ribbon/menu bar on top, go to “Transitions.”
- 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.”
- Slightly further to the right, click on the “Apply To All Slides” button.
- 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]
We do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare.
As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a session where we talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and how to develop a great story. It’s informal, fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also encourage folks to do a dry run improvisation with us to get feedback early on in their process. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting folks and the session is a chance for them to get to know each other.
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.
Here are the slides I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.
But others 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<
Summary of additional good advice:
Good Example Ignite Talks to Watch:
Know of another great resource for preparing for Ignite? Leave a comment