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May 14, 2009



The format is interesting, but in my view it limits the speaker more than empowers. You are constantly under pressure to present in sync with the slides. With this lady it definitely takes the naturalness out of the speech...

Bram Pitoyo

I found that the ‘Ignite’ presentation format works for a certain kind of materials and not the other. For example, it’s ideal for ones that are either highly fragmented (I split mine in ‘fact numbers’) or highly narrative (ie. tell one interesting story in 5 minutes, have the slideshow contain pretty pictures.)

Thanks for featuring! It was an honor to be able to present at Ignite Portland (and it’s your favorite city! Who knew?) Over the years, I’ve had more fun presenting by incorporating techniques like ‘rapid fire’ (ie. where one would change the slide every few seconds, thereby keeping the audience engaged.)

Stephen Lead

Hey! What do you mean, "even" in Sydney?!?

Just kidding, thanks for linking to us Garr. We had our second event last night, and it went really well.

I think a well-crafted Ignite presentation can convey far more information than a boring 60 minute presentation. Or even a 5 minute talk without slides.

The time limit forces the presenter to evaluate everything which goes on the slide, and leave out the irrelevant information. The slides become stepping stones which guide the presenter through the speech.

Finally, the reason they're held in the pub is because Ignite is all about having some fun - it's not meant to be taken too seriously!

Steve - Ignite Sydney


I meant "even in Sydney" in a good way :-) As in how cool that something that started in the NW of the USA is now in such a cool city as Sydney! I'd love to go to an Ignite in Sydney -- Sydney kicks butt! Beautiful, fun city!

Dan Mandle

We just had our first Ignite experience in Minneapolis last month. It was a capacity crowd with a lot of energy. A fun experience with the organization looking for a second go at it this summer or early fall.

Thanks for these links!

Stephen Lead

Garr - the next Ignite Sydney will be held sometime during 6-9 October 2009. PLEASE let me know if you'll be in town that week.

I reckon we could possibly find a space for you to speak :)



Thanks for sharing - the Ignite format is quite fun - did one recently on the subject of 'change':

http://gnatgnat.com/2009/04/change/ - limitations inspire creativity ;-)

Pamela Slim

Thank you SO much for the kind mention Garr! As a raving fan girl of yours for many years, I am absolutely honored to get mention on your blog.

I adore the Ignite format. Our Phoenix group has been growing at a rapid clip - each quarterly event almost doubles the size. Our upcoming event in June (free, but tix required) sold out within hours of the announcement.

What I love about Ignite is the combo of constraint and passion. It forces people to really think about the critical things to share about their topic. And the audience that attends is one of the most supportive I have ever witnessed.

I look forward to seeing Ignite grow across the world, "even" in Sydney. HA! Kidding.

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