Ignite Bainbridge 4 planning has begun!

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Alumni Speakers Series: Alex Sanso

Last May, 14 brave souls pioneered the way for Ignite Bainbridge. As we are gathering a whole new crop of speakers, we’ve asked a few of these alumni to share a bit of their memories from this inspiring event.  Hopefully, their words will offer some insight into their experiences that you can apply to your presentation as well as provide you with greater comfort and confidence to move forward. Because, you know, we would love to hear from you.

Why did you participate in Ignite Bainbridge?

Alex: The basic idea behind Ignite was “compelling” and it sounded “interesting and fun.” “I like to be on stage” and have done improv and karaoke in the past. So Ignite was a means to “put myself in front of people and be on stage. I liked that.”

Why did you choose the topic that you did?

Alex: When deciding on a topic, I “set this bar in my mind that it has to be monumental and profound.” I was getting the TED speeches inside my head and using those as a guide and basis for what was expected. After thinking more about it, I realized that it doesn’t have to be this. It just has to be interesting…something that I like to do. Karaoke seemed to fit the bill. But how do you turn this in to something interesting, rather than just rambling on about getting up in front of a bunch of people and singing? This was a “fun challenge” in trying to express “what effect does karaoke have on me? What feelings did this generate for me?” Figuring out how to integrate this into a talk that goes beyond just singing, so that it can apply to and be interesting to anyone and also become both a learning experience and entertaining was an objective. Using karaoke as a metaphor for overcoming a person’s problems in life was a creative and entertaining approach. Read the rest of this entry »

Save the date! Ignite Bainbridge 2 is coming back on May 14, 2013

We are excited to announce that Ignite Bainbridge 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Bainbridge Pavilion. The idea for Ignite Bainbridge was freshly hatched in late December 2011, and the first Ignite Bainbridge held on May 16, 2012 went beyond the wildest dreams of those early organizers. Fourteen speakers and more than 150 attendees celebrated stories, inspiration, and big ideas from our lives on Bainbridge Island or a bit beyond. Many of those 150 showed up early for the pre-party and came again for the post-party! We all got a chance to connect with the speakers, and we hope there were many who wondered if they might be the ones on stage “next time.”

So it’s time to start thinking about “next time!” If you have a topic you are passionate about, we highly encourage you to entertain the idea of speaking about it. No matter if this would be your first ever speaking experience, or if you tried to be a speaker but did not make it to the roster the first time around.  We even encourage the now-experienced “alumni” speakers to consider signing up again with a new topics. Read the rest of this entry »

Ignite Bainbridge 2 Postponed

Ignite Bainbridge 2 is postponed until early 2013. But this is just an excuse for you to submit more talk ideas, and hone your storytelling. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Intermission Interviews

Ignite Bainbridge Co-founder, Alex Sanso, elicits some feedback from the audience during the first ever Ignite Bainbridge evening, held May 16, 2012 at the Bainbridge Pavilion Cinema.

IGNITE is a fun, high-energy evening of 5-minute talks and socializing. The Ignite motto, “Enlighten us, but make it quick,” captures the spirit of the event. Speakers have only 20 slides, and 15 seconds per slide, to entertain and inform you!

IGNITE BAINBRIDGE (Island) was started in 2012 by Elisabeth Robson, Alex Sanso and OfficeXpats founders, Jason Omens and Leslie Schneider. Bainbridge Island is full of amazing and interesting people, and Ignite Bainbridge is a great way for you to meet those people and learn new things.

The first Ignite Bainbridge was held at the Bainbridge Pavilion on May 16, 2012 at the Bainbridge Pavilion Cinema, with a mixer before the event at OfficeXPats (2nd floor in the Pavilion).