To piggyback from last week’s topic, most of the options I listed can seem overwhelming. Don’t stress, I have a great suggestion that I was lucky to learn from an energetic developer, Jared.
One day, Jared approached me asking if we could hold an lunchtime Ignite event at the company. I was unfamiliar with what an Ignite event was. Essentially, a presenter speaks for 5 minutes (15 seconds per slide – 20 slides).
I could easily predict that this would have benefits, such as:
- The pressure to speak for 5 minutes about any topic seemed like a much smaller hurdle for people then 30, 45 minutes, etc
- People get practice presenting
- Jared gets to experience organizing and running an event
What I didn’t predict but was so happy with the results was:
- As one of the first volunteers, learning timing of the 15 seconds was a new skill for myself, NO tangents allowed!!
- Wide variety of topics were shared – some serious, some humorous
- Mistakes were encourage. I messed up with the timing and all you could do was laugh and move on. It wasn’t a big deal.
- Laughter. The event did ignite people. It was fast, different and fun.
- Initiative – people were eager to try it next or run the event the next time.
Not shockingly, starting small and in a safe environment helps people go out of their comfort zone and try something new. I definitely see more Ignites in my future.
What would you topic would you cover in 5 minutes?