Think of an Ignite talk as a 5 minute monologue with timed visuals. To prepare your talk you will need to decide on a topic, prepare your 20 slides/images, and then map out what you are going to say to accompany each slide. Again, don’t worry: you can do this exercise in a relatively short period of time.
Start by watching the following great Ignite talk on how to give an Ignite talk by Scott Berkun, while Cory Forsyth also has some great tips:
The audience for your Ignite talk is the audience you identified in Week One of this class. The topic of your talk is up to you, but be sure to closely tie your talk to the interests and concerns of your audience.
Fifteen seconds per slide goes by very quickly and equals about two to three spoken sentences. But don’t write out a speech! At most, write out a word or phrase per slide to remind you of your points. This actually will make for a better presentation, as hearing someone read a written speech is usually rather excruciating (written speech is very different than spoken speech, a point often forgotten by speakers).
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to insist you go out and give a real Ignite talk, but trying it with an audience is best. So, for part three of this week, we’ll be pairing off with another class participant to practice our talks. If you haven’t done so already, on the Google+ page for the class, under the category of “Week 4”, you’ll find a table where you can find other class participants to partner with. Try to find a partner who is not in your field. By Friday, please connect on your own with your partner to do your Ignite talks with each other, via Google Hangouts.
But how do you share your slides with each other on Google Hangouts? The answer is Google Slides. How do you use Google Slides? Read on!
You have two options. If you are familiar with Google Slides, please use that to create your slides. Otherwise, if you are using some other program, please save your file in Powerpoint format and be sure that your files don’t contain animations (read on to learn why).
Steps required to convert a Powerpoint file into a Google Slides presentation.
- The first step is to upload your Powerpoint file to Google Drive, which is Google’s version of online storage. But how do you get to Google Drive? Here’s one way. If you open your gmail account in a browser, the top left of the screen should something like the picture below (minus the big white box below the grid icon). If you click on the icon though, the white box should open up. Among the icons, you will find Drive. Click on the Drive icon.
- Now that you are in Google Drive (see picture below), click the New button (the red box in the upper left of your screen), followed by “File upload” to upload your presentation.
Steps required to set your slides to automatically advance and to share your presentation with others:
- Open your presentation within Google Slides. Under the File menu of Google Slides, click “Publish to the web…”.
- In the “Publish to web” box that opens (see picture below), select “every 15 seconds” in the “Auto-advance slides:” box. Click the blue Publish button.
- The “Publish to web” box should now show a text box that contains a long web link (see picture below). Copy and paste that link into a new browser window.
- Your slides should appear in the browser. To play your slides, select View > Present in the Menu bar (see first picture below). The presentation will go full screen and you should see a series of controls appear in the lower left of the browser window (see picture below). One of those controls is a play button. Press the play button to play your slides. They should auto advance every 15 seconds.
- When you are in a Google Hangout with your partner, you can present your slides to your partner by sharing your screen (the relevant section in those instructions is “Use the Screenshare app”). You should share just the browser window that contains your slides.
- When you are listening to your partner’s presentation (and thinking of feedback), keep one question in front of your mind: is this presentation compelling for the intended audience? As before, keep an eye out for for jargon and double-meaning language!
Once you and your partner have done your Ignite’s, let’s talk about it! We have scheduled a series of Google Hangouts for facilitated group discussions for the end of this week. You can sign up for a hangout on the Google+ page for the class.
If you fancy going out and getting some experience of public speaking, there are plenty of places you can start. Check out your local museum and see if they run a science cafe/cafe scientifique series. Or try local community groups, like Rotary, University of the 3rd Age (U3A) and Zonta. But for a real thrill, check to see if there is a local chapter of Ignite, Pecha Kucha or NerdNite in your town.