When I first heard of these Ignite Talks, I had no idea what these were. I live way out in the country. I like to think I am social media savvy, but apparently I am not. I also had never heard of Peca Kucha talks either.
What are Ignite Talks? "Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes."
Doing a little reading and watching a few Ignite Talks, I was interested to give my own. I threw my pitch, and my Ignite Talk was selected for Fit Bloggin.
Now the fun part, research what others have done to prepare for their Ignite Talks-and watch assorted presentations of Ignite Talks! What is fun about this, they are only five minute long, you can really view many in spare time.
My speech is informative- "How to Screw Your Shoes" so it is pretty easy to develop.
First I wrote a brief bare bones speech. I read it out loud in the car with the husband. Good, it was about 3 1/2 minutes long. The husband gave me some good feed back. I added more explanation and words.
I experimented with the speech again a week or so later. I had my phone app stopwatch out, and I tried to read and watch the time, to see where to mark off on the written words where fifteen seconds took me.
I found more places in the speech where I needed to explain more, and that is fine, as the speech was still coming up about 3 1/2 minutes..but I was also just reading text.
I spent a little bit of time finding pictures and creating a few for my slides. I was careful to try and use royalty free images. Some of my slides I simply created myself.
Once I had finally cobbled together 18 slides-I was told I could use the first and last slides as intro and outro slides, it was time to really rehearse the presentation!
Stay tuned for the next installment, of my practicing my five minute speech!
Sources: Where I found stuff
From Sacha Chua:
How to deliberately practice timing (very handy!): Print out your script, notes, or slides. Set up a 15-second looping countdown presentation. While this is counting down from 15 to 1, practice “scenes” from your presentation. You don’t have to do them in order, and you don’t have to do them all the way through, although that helps. I find it useful to repeat one scene until it feels okay, and then move on to the next one. It’s also helpful to run through the entire thing at least once.
A few good links here:
- Scott Berkun, “How to give a great ignite talk” http://scottberkun.com/2009/how-to-give-a-great-ignite-talk/
- Cory Forsyth “How to give an ignite talk”, http://coryforsyth.com/2009/02/24/how-to-give-an-ignite-talk/
- Jason Grigsby: http://userfirstweb.com/328/successful-ignite-presentations/
- Deanna Zandt: http://www.deannazandt.com/2010/03/05/an-overachievers-guide-to-prepping-for-an-ignite-talk/