Being Kind

Last fall I gave a speech at Ignite Bend 11

What is Ignite Bend?

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? Talk about recent learnings, successes, failures? Around the world communities have been putting together Ignite events to show their answers.

I chose to speak about practicing kindness. My hope was to inspire others to conscously choose to treat everyone around them with kindness. It was a rush to share my thoughts in front of the sold out Tower Theater crowd that night. There were approximately 350 in the audience. Luckily, I did not trip going up or down the stage steps and I had my notecards with me so I didn't forget my speech.

Here is my Ignite Bend 11 speech on practicing kindness. I'll have to think up a fresh topic for Ignite Bend 12 next fall.

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