Most speeches are too long, which is a shame because almost every speech has some useful information. So what if you created a program that lets people present a bunch of short talks?
5 minutes. Period. No more, no less. If you want to use Powerpoint, that's cool. But, with this ironclad rule: 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Period. No more, no less.
This type of program is called 'Ignite,' and it was started in Seattle in 2006 by two geeks who wanted to create a highly charged speaking experience. It worked big time. And as a result 'Ignite' communities have started cropping up all over the world. New Orleans now has an Ignite program (called IgniteNOLA), and the first event is scheduled for two weeks from now: Monday, February 1st from 8 to 10 pm (cocktail reception starts at 7pm, if you want to get there early).
The speakers have all been selected, and so everything is set. If you want to attend, it's free. But you'll probably want to RSVP to assure yourself a spot at what is sure to be an lively and fascinating evening. The fun will take place at the Roosevelt Hotel (formerly known as 'The Fairmont') in downtown New Orleans. So RSVP, and then be sure to tell your friends. Trust me, this is not going to be like any other speaking event you've been to before.