Ignite Presentation Tips


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20 slides, 15 seconds per slide, and 5 minutes worth of Ignite Phoenix presentation tips. ;)

This is the presentation guide given to individuals who have been picked to present at Ignite Phoenix. To find out more, please visit:


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  • • Congratulations on being picked to present at Ignite Phoenix!
    • This guide was created by the Ignite Phoenix crew with the goal of helping you design and deliver your Ignite Phoenix presentation.
    • So without further ado, let’s get started!
  • • The first and most important rule of Ignite presentations is the following:
    • You get 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide—which gives you a total of 5 minutes to deliver your presentation.
    • To give you a feel for this format, we’ve actually designed this guide with the Ignite presentation rules in mind.
  • • Another important rule is that we do not permit the use of animation or sound in our presentations.
    • The reason is simple, we convert all presentations into PDF files—and unfortunately at the moment, PDF files do not support animation or sound.
    • So, if you’re a big fan of animation and sound, save the drama for your mama.
  • • With the rules out of the way, it’s time to get started.
    • Your first step is to pick a slideshow template—links to download Keynote, PowerPoint, and Google Docs templates can be found on the presentation tips page that was emailed to you.

  • • When you begin designing your slides, avoid using lots of text at all costs!
    • The audience will begin reading your slides the second they appear and this will most likely distract them from the topic you’re covering.
    • Plus, you might end up in big trouble for practicing death by PowerPoint!
  • • Instead, focus on using less text, bullets, and sentences in your presentation.
    • When possible, use brief two to three word statements instead of full sentences.
    • This will help you avoid death by PowerPoint; as well as help keep the focus on you and not your slides.
  • • Another useful tip is to use one idea per slide.
    • Doing so helps you trim the fat from your presentation and focus on what’s really important.
    • Remember, you only get 15 seconds per slide—so try to get your message across as efficiently as possible.
  • • As the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
    • We highly encourage you to use pictures and images in your presentation—all we ask is that you have the proper permission to use these images. Do not violate someone’s copyright, capiche?
  • • You can find great photos by visiting search.creativecommons.org which helps you find images that simply require fair use and attribution in your presentation.
    • Another useful resource is the PresentationZen blog, which has a huge list of royalty-free and stock photography sites—if that’s your thing.
  • • If you’re on Twitter, there’s an O’Reilly logo on the bottom right corner of each slide which can be swapped out with your Twitter handle.
    • Doing so will allow for maximum audience participation.
  • • As any Ignite Phoenix Joe knows, slides are only half the battle.
    • The other half is getting up on stage and delivering your presentation, so here are a few tips that we’ve collected from past Ignite presenters.
  • • The best way to guarantee a great Ignite Phoenix experience is to ensure that you’re comfortable with your subject matter.
    • The only way to ensure that you’re comfortable with your subject matter is to rehearse.
  • • When you’re rehearsing, try to complete a full presentation without stopping or starting over.
    • There’s a good chance that you will make mistakes during your presentation, so the best thing you can do is practice recovering and improvising while you rehearse.
  • • You also want to make sure that you give yourself some breathing room, so don’t cram!
    • Leave enough space to ensure that you can catch up to your slides if you happen to trip up or fall behind during your presentation.
  • • Some of the best presenters are storytellers—so when possible, try to find the story in your topic.
    • If you’ve ever seen a presentation by Gary Vaynerchuck, Tony Robbins, or Mike Rowe, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
  • • Another useful tip is to record video of yourself while rehearsing your presentation.
    • What this allows you to do is discover and eliminate any distracting habits that may otherwise go unnoticed.
  • • You might have some unanswered questions—for example, do you need an intro slide?
    • We provide an intro slide as you make your way on stage—so take full advantage and use your first slide to start your presentation off with a bang.
  • • Another common FAQ we receive is if presenters can use a blank slide?
    • Blank slides are okay, but keep in mind that your slides are a reference so make full use of them.
    • For more FAQs, visit the tips page.
  • • Here’s one last tip—suggest some “next steps” for the audience.
    • For example—if your topic is watching Bollywood movies, then recommend some movies to get started with.
    • Or if you’re giving presentation tips, suggest that presenters can get their questions answered by emailing ignitephoenix@gmail.com
  • • Ultimately, we encourage you to have a blast!
    • Presenting at Ignite Phoenix is an adrenaline rush—so be sure to fasten your seat belts, keep your hands in the ride at all times, and have a great time!
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