We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 24. The event is Thursday May 22th 7:00pm and tickets are on sale now.
If you have an a story to tell, or a lesson you want to share, fill out the Submit a Talk form. Deadline is end of day Friday.
Town Hall is an amazing venue to speak in, and our crowd is likely to be the most fun and supportive audience you’ll ever get to present in front of. We’ll be choosing talks next week and announcing them soon after.
The next Ignite Seattle will be on Thursday May 22nd at Town Hall Seattle. We’re accepting talk submissions right now, no waiting.
You can buy tickets now through Stranger Tickets. Or fill out the Submit a Talk form if you want to get on the most fun and exciting stage in all of Seattle.
Our great host for Ignite Seattle, Town Hall Seattle is throwing their 10th anniversary fund raiser called Talk of The Town, on Thursday March 6th starting at 5pm. If you don’t know all that Town Hall Seattle does, they’re one of the premier venues for bringing in speakers and performers from around the world to the Seattle area. We think they’re awesome and are happy to help promote the great work they do.
Talk of The Town: Underground will be a fun evening of drinks, food trucks, Seattle notables and rocking local DJs. After an hour of drinks and appetizers you’ll hear mini Ignite!-style talks — short and sweet like their namesake — along with the annual Town Hall State of the Union by Executive Director Wier Harman.
Food trucks include Skillet, Marination Station, Street Treats, Sound Spirits, Oola, and Sun Liquor will be at this year’s Underground. Notable personalities include Molly Wizenberg, Lindy West, Geo,Kate Lebo, Toby Crittenden, Hollis Wong-Wear, Michelle Quisenberry, John Richards, Marco Collins, and more.
You won’t want to miss this event, a distillation of all the great ideas from the Great Hall, brought downstairs for further discussion. Our home is your home, so grab a friend and come along — or make new ones at Underground.
Get tickets here soon – they’re likely to sell out fast. $60, $50 for Town-Hall members.
Ignite Seattle #23 is in just one week on Wednesday, February 12th at Seattle Town Hall. You can buy tickets now to reserve your place.
This is our list of 16 awesome topics and speakers. Event starts at 8pm, doors open early so you can have fun in the bar. Intermission half way through the event (for more fun and mingling).
- I Love Board Games and Here’s Why You Should Too - Jonathan Ng
- Food Hacks: Eat Your Way to Creativity and Success - Mark Briggs
- The Cheater’s Guide to Saying “Thank You” - Carly Slater
- Translate This, Interpret That - Geneva Hughes
- Baby names for people who don’t care about babies - Jeff Weir
- Talk now or risk being stuck on a breathing machine - Michael Westley
- Fixing the World’s Biggest Machine - Max Effgen
- All I Really Need to Know I Learned as a Car Salesman - Sol Villarreal
- Embrace Your Inner Clown - Sally Fox
- How Not to Use your Fitbit - Poornima Hanumara
- Girls, Technology, and Blood - Nancy Muller
- Polyphasic sleep: A body hack to live your dreams and ruin your life - Kyle Kesterson
- The magic trick that changed my life and how to do it - Steve Broback
- How To Know Everyone, And So Can You! - Zachary Cohn
- Where a Bookstore Becomes a Community - Danielle Hulton
Tickets $5 – get them now. Please spread the word. Cheers.
We know the speakers are the stars. As organizers we do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare and make sure they have what they need to do a great job.
As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a coaching session that all speakers are encouraged to attend. We talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and answer any questions folks have. It’s informal, it’s fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also let speakers do a dry run and get feedback from me and other organizers. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting people and it’s a chance to meet the folks you’ll be sharing the stage with.
Here’s the slide deck I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.
But many other folks 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.
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.
Summary of more good advice on speaking at ignite:
Good Example Ignite Talks to Watch:
Know of another great resource for preparing for Ignite? Leave a comment
We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 23. The event is scheduled for mid-February – the 12th. That means if you would like to give an Ignite talk, you need to submit by this Friday. We’ve already gotten lots of great submissions, but we are always looking for more.
Fill out the Submit a Talk form if you have an idea. We’ll be choosing talks some time next week. As always, we look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, February 12th. You can buy tickets now through Stranger Tickets.