IgniteRaleigh was a smash success! A big thanks to Our Hash Tag LLC and Phonebooth.com for putting on a well run, creative event. A big thanks to M.C. Zach Ward (@zachward) for his skill in creating a fun, positive mood and keeping it going all night. He's a true professional.
As some of you know, I was very pleased to be chosen out of the herd to present at IgniteRaleigh 2 on Why Your Health Is The Most Important Thing You'll Ignore All Day. Having watched a number of Ignite style talks before, I knew it would be challenging to stay on message and on timing. Not much room for creative expounding when the slides auto-advance, is there? I also knew the other speakers would set a high bar by being dynamic, funny, creative and inspirational.
As I was presenting, I missed a good bit of the show. I did catch a few of the sessions, though like:
- Janet Kennedy (@jkennedy93), 5 Bucks is Change. Her presentation was inspirational, approachable and the presentation most likely to change my life in some way. Take a look at her website http://www.5bucksischange.com/ for more information. When the recording comes available, I'll post it here.
- George Smart's (@georgesmartTMH) great presentation on Mayberry Modernism – Why the Triangle is America's Hotspot for Way Cool Houses. I enjoy modern architecture and had no idea there were 100 noteworthy houses in the area.
- Jess Commins (@renewabelle) made saving money sexy with her talk on How to save $100+ with a DIY energy audit. Great use of imagery to hammer the point home.
- Elizabeth Gardner (@WRALweathergal) spoke on A day in the life of a meteorologist who gets up at 3am. This behind the curtain look into her daily routine was funny and well delivered. I might have a new favorite weatherperson.
My tips for presenting at Ignite
- Every second counts. Either you are making your point, or wasting time.
- Plan Plenty of Preparation. A 5 minute talk about something you are passionate about, is 20 times harder to prepare for a 1 hour talk. I give lots of 1 hour talks and I definitely had to work more at crafting this short pointed message.
- Pick good images for your slides. I had over 100, which was whittled down to 16.
- Double up on a slide if it deserves more than 15 seconds.
- You will be out of sync with your slides at some point. No one will care.
- Make recordings of your talk and listen to them for practice.
- Put the best recording on an iPod and listen to it before your talk. It'll help you stay focused.
- Love the crowd. The vibe at an Ignite is positive and supportive.
Special thanks go to:
- My wife (@shannonscarlett) for helping me prepare
- Jim Priest (@thecrumb) for adding a great deal of polish to my slides
- Brian Erman for taping the event.
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