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Shane Gibson – Nano Markets and Social Media

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC

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Darren Barefoot – Do Good Online

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC

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Alyssa Wise and Natalie Sisson – The Ultimate Lesson In Social Media

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC

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Sofia Ribeiro – Yell At Corporations

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC


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Garrett Wasny – Advanced Internet Research Technologies

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC

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Bill Greenbaum – Buy a Play with No Money Down

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC

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Brian Street – The 1965 Ford Mustang

Posted on 13 May 2010 by IgniteBC

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Tips for a Great Presentation

Posted on 08 March 2010 by IgniteBC

The Rules of Ignite

The Ignite format is really simple. You must have 20 slides, and each slide must change automatically after 15 seconds. You can download the PowerPoint presentation template here – which automatically advances and has a slide timer built in.

To get an idea of what it’s all about, take 5 minutes and watch this:

An excellent talk, with a clear message told simply, with minimal text.

Putting your slides together

Before you fire up your laptop, consider the advice of Slide:ology and go analog. Use post-it notes to plan what you really want to say.

Treat the slides like a set of index cards that you use to prompt yourself for the next point. That way, if you get slightly out of sync with the slides it won’t matter so much. (If you try to rattle through a list of bullet points you will inevitably mess up the timing).

Use a single idea per slide, and illustrate it with a nice clear image. You can download free (or cheap) legal photos from the URLs listed on the Presentation Zen site.

At all costs, avoid text-heavy “death by powerpoint” slides as these definitely don’t work for Ignite. Keep the number of words on each slide to a minimum – 5 words is plenty, since it’s just a headline.

Avoid putting anything important at the very top or bottom of the slide, as this may be cut off or hard to see from some parts of the room.

You don’t need to talk about yourself on the first slide – the MC will introduce you, and explain where you’re from and what you’ll be talking about. So just launch straight into an exciting and compelling opening, and grab the audience’s attention from the first slide.

Can I use animations?

We don’t recommend the use of animations like moving text, images appearing after a delay, embedded videos, etc. They’re mostly distracting, often fail, and are unnecessary in the Ignite format: you’ve only got 15 seconds, so don’t waste it with animations.

Great use of cartoons to simplify things and keep them fun

Some suggestions

Do it without notes! If you structure your slides to be like index cards, the slide itself should act as your prompter and you won’t need to refer to notes. There will be a monitor facing the presenter so you won’t need to look back at the screen.

Make sure you practice your presentation a few times in front of a live audience (your partner, your colleagues, your cat, the mirror) to get your timing right. You’ll be amazed how fast the 5 minutes actually goes.

There is an excellent article here written by an Ignite presenter, giving advice on how to put your talk together, and here is some great advice from previous Ignite Sydney presenter Mark Pollard.

Most of all, remember that Ignite is meant to be a bit of fun – it’s an antidote to all the boring conferences and lectures that people are used to. So make your presentation entertaining, grab a drink, and enjoy yourself.

An Ignite talk about giving Ignite talks? How post-modern

What format?

If you’re using PowerPoint (Windows), save your slides in either PPT or PPTX. If you’re using Keynote (Mac), save your slides in Keynote 09 format. Please note that we don’t use Presenter’s View so be prepared for this.

Don’t worry about the 15 second timing on the slides if you don’t know how to do it – we can set that up for you.

The projector will be set to a low resolution of 1024 x 768 so don’t include any fine details – you should be able to read your slides clearly while standing a few feet away from your laptop. If you can’t see it, neither can the audience.

Simple slides, with a single bullet point per slide

Other details: Attire, Behavior, Manners, etc

1. Don’t move around too much. It’s distracting. That includes hand gestures, bobbing and weaving back and forth, and turning your back to the camera / audience.
2. Generally, try to wear clothing that is comfortable and that does not clash with the backdrop of the presentation /stage. This is so you will show up well on camera. Remember, it will probably be dark in the venue. So use clothing that will reflect the light.
3. Know when you are going up, and freshen up quickly before you go on stage. Comb your hair, tuck in your shirt, touch up any makeup, etc.
4. DON’T drink excessively before you go on stage.
5. Speak up and speak clearly and *speak just a little slower* than you are normally accustomed to.
6. Prepare your presentation in advance and supply them to the event organizer at least two weeks prior to the event to help build buzz and excitement!

Stuck?

If you need any help, or you’re stuck for ideas, drop us an email at ignitebc@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to help.

Thanks again, and see you on the night.

Article re-posted with permission from Ignite Sydney

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How To Become An Ignite Speaker

Posted on 27 February 2010 by IgniteBC

The cool thing about Ignite is that just about anyone can present.  It’s like an open mike night to talk about whatever you are passionate about.  The only condition is that it must fall into the Ignite format:  20 slides, 15 seconds a slide, five minutes total.  That, and the topic must have some kind of “social value”.  In other words, it’s not infomercial time.  We will post details about you and your company on your speaker Bio page.  People interested in finding out more can go from there.

  1. Start by submitting a quick overview of your topic.  Title and 1 paragraph description.  This should be completed one month prior to the event date.
  2. Two weeks before the event date, submit a finished powerpoint deck to us for review.  If there are any problems with it, we’ll still have a chance to correct any issue.  Additionally, the extra lead time helps us convert the file for the subsequent video archive where we will synchronize the presentation with your video.
  3. Also:  two weeks OR SOONER, provide us with a bio about yourself.  This will help people know where you are coming from, and will also give folks an opportunity to contact you if they would like a more detailed perspective.
  4. The day of the event:  Arrive about an hour early so you can get familiar with your surroundings, schmooze a bit with the other speakers, organizers, etc, and just get ready to have fun!
  5. After:  We still need clearance to post your video.  So after the event, you’ll sign a waiver giving us permission to do so, without the expectation of future remuneration.  In return, we will post the PPT in your bio, along with the video links to the IgniteShow.com global site, YouTube, and on our site.  You will also receive permission to use the “Proud Presenter” badge on your website, where you can link back to the presentation archive / bio page that will feature all your presentations.

You can download the Powerpoint template from here:

http://ignitebc.com/presentations/ignite-presentation-master-template/

Use the following form to contact us with your request to present at an Ignite Vancouver Event:

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Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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Ignite Presentation Master Template

Posted on 22 February 2010 by IgniteBC

The following template is to be used to deliver an Ignite BC presentation.  Please crunch whatever details you can into  this template.  Note that you are not only limited to the  number of slides, but also the time allotted to each slide.  Five minutes, twenty slides, fifteen seconds a slide.  If you move too fast through one… doesn’t matter.   You only get fifteen seconds per slide.  So construct your presentations accordingly.

Download it here:

Ignite Presentation Master

Now, some of you might be saying “What do you mean? I only have fifteen seconds per slide?”  Well, I would propose that 15 seconds is probably more than adequate, considering that most advertisers can get their message across in less than 30 seconds.  You, on the other hand, have five minutes to present!  And you’re telling me you need MORE TIME than that?

C’mon!  Download the template, and get cracking!  We’re waiting to be amazed, and we’re giving you a full five minutes of our undivided and uninterrupted attention!  When was the last time anyone REALLY gave you a full five minutes of their time, anyways?

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