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Unique public speaking event ‘Ignite’ at the library Nov. 16

How would you like to present a topic of which you feel passionate to a broad and receptive audience?

Ignite Western Slope is seeking presenters for its upcoming Ignite event on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St. Deadline to apply as a presenter is Monday, Oct. 21.

Originally “intended as an event for young techies, Ignite has since morphed to a new way of effectively and efficiently communicating in today’s tech-savvy, sound-bite world. This medium has been called ‘Attention Deficit Theater’ — a cross between extreme Cliff Notes and slam poetry,” according to a news release.

Ignite is a public speaking event sponsored by Grand Junction Sayre Toastmasters, a local chapter of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit public speaking and leadership training organization.

Presentations are meant to “ignite” an audience on a subject, generate awareness, and stimulate thought and action.

Here’s how it works: Presenters are given five minutes to speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds and the slides are automatically advanced.

Hundreds of five-minute Ignite talks have been given around the world since Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar, a technology distributor, and entrepreneur and video blogger Bre Pettis created Ignite in Seattle in 2006. Since then, thriving Ignite communities have popped up in New York City, Portland, Baltimore, Denver, Boulder and internationally.

Anyone can register to present. To be considered, submit a “snappy title” for your presentation and a brief description. (Ignite is not an opportunity to promote a business or push product sales). Sixteen presenters will be chosen to tell their story.

Ignite Western Slope will take place at the library’s Community Room 2 from 1-3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. A canned good donation for the local food bank is appreciated.

“We’re really excited about bringing this Ignite event to the Western Slope,” said Penny Alleman, president of Grand Junction Sayre Toastmasters.

“We continually look for ways to stimulate and challenge our club and our community. Ignite is a great way to bring new and exciting opportunities to the area.”

To register online, visit http://www.ignitews.org and complete the registration form.

For more information, call 970-527-4758, email info@ignitews.org.

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