Yes for One Year: Confronting a Fear – Shauna Causey

Anyone who knows Shauna Causey in Seattle today would never have guessed that she faced a crippling fear of public speaking for years. One of Seattle’s iconic presences and very regular speakers, Shauna conquered her fear of public speaking by brute force: say “Yes” to speaking opportunities for one year.

Shauna’s year long experience left her with a set of lessons and stories for confronting a fear of public speaking. She shares these tips on stage, including:

  • Take honest feedback honestly
  • Acknowledge hecklers and move on
  • Practice in front of a wall full a sticky notes with eyes on them

For the full story, be sure to watch her talk:

How To Grow a Park – Dawn Hemminger

Dawn Hemminger‘s story began with a great idea to create a beautiful, safe and sustainable green space in her East Ballard neighborhood. This idea is no different than any one you may have that could enrich your life and the lives of those in your community. This talk proposes that the difference between just having an idea and turning it into reality depends on your success in following 6 key steps:

  1. Share your idea
  2. Host events
  3. Team up
  4. Embrace change
  5. Be tenacious
  6. Celebrate

Dawn’s community has grown the 14th Ave NW Park from a scribble on a napkin to a $2.9 Million funded reality with plans to break ground this year. If her experience can help you avoid any pitfalls or speed your progress, then this talk will have done its job.

The Long Lost Art of Explanation – Lee LeFever

Lee LeFever, creator of CommonCraft, is on a mission. He wants to help everyone become more effective explainers.

In this Ignite talk, Lee discusses — well, explains actually — the basics of explanation and how to take a complex idea and explain it with context, connections and stories leaving viewers with ideas for how they can be better explainers.