Ignite the Fringe!

I'mnervous. So nervous my space bar is s h a k i n g. Tomorrow, at lunchtime, I get to give a presentation in the Ignite the Fringe event.

An Ignite event is actually a very specific thing. According to my Wikipedia bible, it can be summed up as: a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced.

Basically, I'm giving a Power Point presentation (or Keynote - thank you new Mac!) and I'm nervous about that.  I know, I know, I'm a professional performer type who gets up in front of people all the time.  Would you believe I get ridiculously nervous every single time then too?

Though I've seen the event in Ottawa in the past, I've never done it before.  Here's a few things I've learned from the process so far:

  • Creating slides is A LOT of work - not only do you need to know what you are going to be talking about, but you need some good visual to go with it as well.  Google Images has been my new best friend.
  • 15 seconds is not a lot of time to say something and yet when I practiced my presentation at home it seemed to take forever.
  • Keynote is a really great program.
  • I've now know how to take screenshots.

I hope people think it's funny and entertaining and don't throw things... unless it happens to be money.   You can throw money.

See you at lunch!