Back in Seattle in 2006, a group of geeks got together to share their passions with others. How did they do it? With a five minutes speech, 20 slides, and only 15 sec for each slide. The Ignite talking format was born. Since then it's been tried in hundreds of city around the world. Earlier this month, Seattle hosted its twentieth Ignite event.
So I gave my first shot at this format during a local Toastmasters meeting. Toastmasters International is a Not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving public speaker and leaderships skills. (Aside - if you're looking for a way to challenge your status quo, joining Toastmaster is a great idea!) My topic for the talk was - Saying No to the Status Quo (shocking I know). One of the many benefits of speaking at Toastmasters is getting great evaluations on what works and what needs work. There are a lot of talented speakers in our club, some of whom have given or heard over 100 talks, so I knew the feedback I got would be first class. Several people gave very positive responses! As a result, I'm taking the idea to work with me and looking for opportunities to use the Ignite format there as well.
If you're interested in more, the below video (from the Ignite website) gives a combined how-to/example on the Ignite format: