When I first applied to be a speaker at this years Ignite Sydney event, I didn’t really know what I was signing up for to tell you the truth. But here I am, a day after and I’m extremely glad I took part. The format is really challenging; 20 slides, 5 minutes, 15 seconds a slide. It really flips presenting on its head, and makes you truly think about every word you are going to say. It’s goodbye to lazy presentations, and hello to thought out and inspiring talks with substance and purpose.
After many late nights, too many re-writes to count and lots of screwed up pieces of paper, I decided that bombarding the audience with facts was not the way to hold a rooms attention. For that reason, I decided to simply tell a story, and it seemed to go down pretty well. You can check out the slides below:
There were some great presentations on the night, and a vast array of topics on show. The entire experience was enlightening, not just from a persecutive of the challenge of presenting, but also as a spectator as I watched 13 very brave people talk about their passions. Thanks to everyone that turned up on the night to support, there was a great crowd, and the relaxed atmosphere really made it easier.
For those sitting on the fence not sure if they want to present in this format, you absolutely should. It will change the way you think about presenting forever. Get involved in 2012, go on…. tell them griffinabox sent you.