Thursday, February 5, 2009

igniting your way to a 5-minute talk

Take 16 speakers, give them five minutes and 20 slides apiece. What you get: Ignite, a mini-movement that takes place in various cities in periodic events where all sorts of professions, from artists to thinkers, get up and speak to fellow residents within those parameters. Here's the site for Ignite Baltimore, which starts its second-ever event tonight. You can go here to read Dave Troy's blog post on being the first speaker at Ignite Baltimore #1, and here to read Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson's post about her presentation, which included her first-ever PowerPoint. Want to start an Ignite in your city? Use the worldwide site as a guide.

Even if you don't go that far, using Ignite's parameters--five minutes, 20 slides--is a good practice tool. (Remember, no audience ever complained about a speaker who kept remarks brief!) Dickinson notes in her post that she realized at one point her title alone took up too much time to say, proving that parameters can help you sort out what's important to convey--and inspire you to keep it brief.

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