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Sparks Fly at IGNITE Sessions

Sharing stories is a tradition built on learning about other people, other cultures and even discovering things about ourselves. For the second year in a row, MCUL will be hosting IGNITE sessions at the AC&E. Eight dynamic credit union professionals will have the chance to take the stage and make their mark, while convention attendees will have the opportunity to learn from their peers.

The IGNITE task is simple, but not necessarily easy: enlighten the audience, but do it quickly.

Presenters are given only five minutes to get their message across, and just 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. Their purpose–to inspire and educate the crowd. Presenters can choose any topic they like: personal, professional, childhood stories, relatives, mentors, friends or foes.

The premise is that you don’t have to be Oprah or Simon Sinek to motivate, challenge or move people. There is talent all around us, and great stories. Sharing our experiences can be a gift to other people. This is an opportunity for presenters to share their gifts in a broader way.

The IGNITE sessions are returning to the AC&E in 2017 because of the impression the eight presenters left on the crowd in 2016. Among last year’s topics were work ethic via ice cream, the Snapchat generation and 13 life-changing rules, among others. Many of the speakers found ways to tell heartfelt stories about personal experiences that weren’t without humor and levity.

IGNITE’s five minute rule is its own challenge, as last year’s participants are quick to admit. On the other hand, the restriction allows presenters to get to the heart of the matter quickly. The auto-advancing slides can be another speed bump keeping speakers laser-focused. There’s no pausing, no turning back. It’s full speed ahead no matter what.

It’s thought-provoking and engaging in a meaningful, unique way for both IGNITErs and listeners. “Ignite is a rewarding way to actively participate. I aligned vibrant images of ice cream with verbal choreography and practiced, practiced, practiced until it was my time to present. I would certainly do it again,” said 2016 presenter Morgan Rescorla.

This article originally ran in the Quarter 2, 2017 issue of Contact Magazine.

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