While meeting with fellow TEDxHonoluluEd curator Casey Agena about my session on Personal Branding at Punahou Lab School, 2012, he asked if I would like to present an “Ignite” talk. The event was to be sort of a culminating fanfare for Punahou Lab, and featured a few educators from Punahou and other schools, as well as some incredible tech/geek-cool people.
The format of an Ignite talk is a bit like pecha kucha – you have only 5 minutes on stage to share 20 slides, which advance automatically after displaying for 15 seconds.
I was really stressed about the fact that I couldn’t use my trusted Prezi format, but would have to go with PowerPoint (yuk) or Apple’s Keynote (this was my first time trying keynote professionally).
Keynote is stunning and simple in its design, and I was able to do some animations as far as the text floating in (not shown in the pdf to follow).
As for the topic, they wanted me to share something related to my experience with History for Music Lovers, but I knew I needed a twist and should make it slightly humorous, yet informative. I went with a play on words – “PARODY-SO”, like Dante Alighieri’s Paradiso in the Divine Comedy. It worked out great- I was able to relate a lot of points back to some Divine Comedy analogies, and stress, that, like Dante’s trip, our trip has been both wild and inspiring…we’ve really learned quite a bit from putting ourselves “out there”.
I practiced to get the timing just right, but the night prior to the event, (this was after the dress-rehearsal), I was told that my timing was all off due to the transitions and animation, and that we’d have to shave off about about 8 minutes! More practicing…I felt like Robin Williams! I ended up cutting some dialogue out, but in the end was satisfied.
In the end it was a great evening with amazing peers and lots of mingling – even did a bit of karaoke afterwards!