Last week, I spoke at Ignite Portland. I feel kind of bad, ’cause I used Ignite to practice my public speaking and to get a cheap laugh. Most ignite presentations are generally informative, and I’m not saying mine wasn’t, but now I feel kind of guilty. Anyway I had a good time, it was a lot of fun, and I do recommend that everyone try it at some point.
If you’re not familiar with Ignite, the basic premise is a series of people speak on a variety of topic for a set time. You submit your topics and an abstract in advance, a committee determine if you;ll make a cut and if you do, you have to speak on that topic for five minutes with 20 visuals, and each visual is on-screen for exactly 15 seconds. Once the clock and the slides start, they don’t stop.
Acknowledgements: My presentation was loosely based on a blog post (no longer public) written by Frank Shaw a few years ago.