Ignite Your Conferences and Committee Meetings

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Are you looking for ways to make conferences, subcommittee reporting or staff meetings more efficient and meaningful? Ignite your meetings.

The Ignite format uses 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds – whether the speaker is ready or not – for presentations that are only five minutes in length. Participants focus on delivering the highlights of their talks quickly. It’s a great way to have a rapid download of a wide range of topics.

Ignite began as a “geek event” in 2006 in Seattle by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O’Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of Makerbot.com, formerly of MAKE Magazine. Today the tool is an international success with Ignite events in more than 100 cities worldwide, from New York and Paris to Helsinki.

Recently, Idaho Fish and Game used Ignite for an in-service training school (ISTS) in Boise. The format was a big hit, and really stimulated the presenters creativity and communication skills, according to participants.

“This was by far the best part of ISTS,” wrote one attendee. “It forces people to focus on what’s important and that’s it.” Another attendee wrote, “It brought in humor and positive energy that ISTS lacked.” Learn more about Ignite at igniteshow.com.

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