Well I’m still feeling a bit gushy about my fabulous experience at Ignite Cardiff from Wednesday evening and would like to write a bit about it this week!
For those that don’t know what Ignite is about, it is an evening where people can talk about something that they are passionate about. The speakers that want to talk about their passion are organised in advance and they have about 10 speakers every time Ignite is on, which in Cardiff has on a bi-monthly basis. The speakers can be absolutely anybody, they just need to have the confidence to stand up in front of an audience of 450 and to be organised enough to sort out their talk in advance of the evening, and to be able to time well! They can get in touch with the organisers and they will get picked based on the type of talk they want to do and how it fits in with the rest of the topics that night. I mentioned being able to time well because when you talk, you have 20 slides of images chosen by you and each slide lasts 15 seconds and automatically moves on!
Here is their website for more info – www.ignitecardiff.co.uk
I have wanted to do an Ignite talk for a few months and was able to ensure I was free and prepared to do it for January. I was in touch with Ed Barnett throughout the whole lead up to it and he was very helpful and supportive. The topic of the subject we agreed on was ‘Why is Masturbate still a dirty word’? And it was the opportunity for me to be able to get people talking about this more with the big aim being to liberate and enlight the women in the audience. I’ll tell ya what, a 5 minute talk with a slideshow takes much longer than 5 minutes to organise!
I used to to stand up comedy so was used to talking in front of crowds, and I even used to work at the Glee Club, where it is hosted, so I wasn’t worried about that! My biggest challenge was writing my 5 minutes in 15 second slots and making sure it ran well! When it got closer to the night I realised that I had never talked about masturbation in front of that many people at once, which finally made me nervous! Also, because of the title of my talk, there was a little bit of ‘hype’ around my appearance and I was hoping I wouldn’t disappoint.
I was the 5th person to speak and felt sorry for the person following on from me because I seem to get this a lot – when I introduce myself in business and social circles, people do not enjoy trying to ‘follow on from that’ but Kevin Paterson who came on after me was amazing with a very touching talk.
The night was full of fabulous speakers. Lucy Cohen, owner of Mazuma in particular made me laugh! I knew Carey Wallace too, we have been in touch about getting a promo vid together for That’s The Spot but that’s on the backburner whilst I wait for the company to break even! Allie Brock was also there talking about how the game/sport roller derby works. She plays for the Tiger Bay Brawlers, the team I also joined a back in 2011. I knew her because of this and used to be on the committee with her for a while too. The reason I don’t do roller derby anymore is because just over 2 years ago I snapped my ankle in half whilst doing a drill, and I was only one more test away from graduating to being a ‘proper’ brawler! I just didn’t have the confidence to go back on the track after that though. There was one point where she talked about injuries and I wanted to join in! The Tiger Bay Brawlers are an awesome team though and one of the highest ranking in Europe at that!
When I did my chat, I was still worried about whether I was going to live up to the expectations but I soon realised that my main concern should have been the speed of the talk! 15 seconds go faster when on stage! I had to cut out a few things from my talk but at least I kept up with the slides, pretty much! When I finished I wasn’t sure if the audience enjoyed it as much as I hoped but the feedback I got back was just fabulous! I based a lot of my talk on my second ever blog post and it seemed to have quite the affect on a lot of people. It was mainly aimed at women, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of men that approached me afterwards and told me what a great talk it was. I set everybody a challenge too – to talk to at least one person about masturbation in the next 7 days, be that favourite position, favourite lube or biggest frustration, and I really hope they all do. As That’s The Spot, my aim is to liberate the women of Wales and then the world!
Some of the feedback from the women was:
‘We need someone to be brave enough to get up and talk about it, and you did it, so thank you’
I was described as hilarious, funny, moving, I even had someone in stitches and someone else in tears (according to Tweeters on Twitter!)
Steve Dimmick, the compere Tweeted this about me later on – “The nicest wanker I’ve ever met. Diolch yn fawr, ma’am.”
Here are another couple of quotes from Twitter:
Everyone loves it, very few have a courage to talk about it! Well done 😉
The fabulous Ebbw Media film each speaker so keep your eyes peeled for when the vid comes out – here is the link to my profile on their website –
I’ll obviously announce it when it’s ready too
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