Speaker Proposals for Ignite Cincinnati #6
Are you tired of dating losers and weirdos? We’ve got the answer! Get the facts straight from the Equus ferus caballus’s (horse’s) mouth: you need to date a biology major. As hard as it is, it’s finally time to come to grips with several difficult truths: trophy wives/husbands are terrible investments, and that if the guy you’re dating sleeps on a garage floor you’re doing it wrong! Learn about why dating biology majors is significantly (p < 0.05) better than not (and how to pick them up!). Trust us, you will fit with a biology major better than the sticky ends of recombinant DNA.
Ajax Alexandre – After School Woodworking School
I want to start an after-school woodworking program for kids aged 10-18 that live in the Over the Rhine neighborhood called Legacy Arts. I purchased a building that faces the Findley Market parking lot, but it needs some work to get it up to code. I would set up the school as a non-profit, and we would sell the work that the students produce to keep the school going. I would teach the students in phases, with the older students helping to teach the younger ones. I would like to tap into the older, retired woodworkers in Cincinnati to volunteer time and make a connection with the younger community by sharing the wealth of their knowledge.. Thanks.
Steve Booth – Slower Traffic Right!
Note: Regretfully Steve Booth passed away on March 4th. He was the first speaker to apply to Ignite Cincinnati #6 and would have been a great speaker. He had many friends in the Ignite community and will be missed.
Sarah Corlett – The Creative Economy…blah, blah, blah??
Specialty bakers, clothing designers, seed bomb creators, craft brewers…all making up part of Cincinnati’s unique local economy. How do we ensure the long term sustainability of these incredibly creative ventures? Can we fill our city’s vacant storefronts and commercial corridors with even more interesting and dynamic businesses? We don’t need a book to tell us this stuff is important, we see it everyday. Let’s discuss the resources needed to do this, including ArtWorks newest offering – a business planning program for artists, artisans and the creative entrepreneur.
Katy Crossen – Car Free: How I’ve Lost Weight, Saved Money, Helped The Environment and Made More Friends
After years of battling grid lock traffic, post dating car payment checks, groaning at the pump, and fighting with insurance adjusters over claims, I’ve decided I’ve had enough. I sold my sweet but expensive European ride and am living a “car-free” lifestyle for at least one year. This year, I’ll get around on foot, bus, bike, scooter and the occasional car-pool. It’s a lifestyle that, collectively, can have an impact on our environment, our local economy and my general well being.
John Dryden – How NOT to Change the World
This talk offers a resounding endorsement of what not to do in your quest to become “successful.” Having a record of limited achievement to date, I am highly qualified to speak on the subject. We’ll discuss topics such as teamwork and customer service in a humorous 5-minute perusal of my own personal shortcomings.
Andy Duff – Landing That Dream Job Using Science Fiction
When trying to get that “dream” job – the one that you’ve been wanting all your life, how do you make yourself stand out from the crowd of applicants? Well, I am happy to report that there is a way to turn your love of science fiction into a “You’re hired!” Despite vicious rumors to the contrary, science fiction will not necessarily make you look like a nerd. Instead, proper application will make you appear clever, innovative, forward-looking, and willing to think out of the “box” as well as out of the “world.” Anyone who could understand the complexities of LOST or explain the trading policies of the Star Wars Republic before its fall, could handle any company’s most complex business model. Anyway, isn’t science fiction all about creating a better, more prosperous future? Isn’t that the goal of business too? So, forget “Live long and prosper.” I say “Get that job and prosper!”
Chris Flores – Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
There is a problem today — an internal struggle that battles the likes of other emotional diseases. No, I’m not talking about depression. I’m talking about giving. The problem? People are passionate about a wide variety of issues and causes. People are actively involved with organizations and programs. However, many people struggle with feeling like their giving is effective. As a matter of fact, most feel like when they give they don’t make any difference at all. However, I believe that somehow, someway, people are born with an innate sense of purpose and generosity within their hearts. If that’s true, then why is giving so difficult? Why is it that we feel like our giving doesn’t make a difference? What keeps us from thinking $20 can have an impact? This talk is about engaging our passions and discovering how powerful our giving really is. We’ll identify how to breakdown traditional thinking and explore how to best use our time, talent, treasure and a new “T” which we’ll cover in the presentation. Some people say we can make a difference. I believe we will!
Paul Heidemann – East Side? West Side? Who Cares! Cincinnati is Back!
My entire life I have heard the constant battle of the east side versus the west side in Cincinnati. My goal is to not figure out where this battle stems from, but rather look at the future of Cincinnati as a whole. Cincinnati has some exciting plans coming up such as the casino and the Banks. It is time to recognize these and get excited about it! 2012 is the comeback year in Cincinnati, are we ready for it?
Candace Klein – A world without banks? Not in Ohio…yet
Peer to Peer lending, defined as lending directly between individuals rather than using a bank intermediary, has gained significant recent attention, as borrowers are repaying peer-loans at a rate of 98% (as opposed to the 82% repayment rate for traditional loans) and tend to build a repeated borrowing behavior. The few noted P2P lending platforms that have entered the market in recent years have provided a new revenue stream, not only for borrowers, but for lenders and institutional investors as well. The industry is expected to grow to more than $100 billion in annual loans in 2012 from about $500 million in 2009, as borrowers and lenders seek ways to reduce their costs. Yet…this new form of community building is frozen out of the state of Ohio…let’s figure out how to change this!
Chuck Lohre – Why Don’t We ReSource?
Come along on a funny and insightful journey as to why we don’t ReSource more of everything – from hand cream to grease, from desks to doors. ReSource is a Cincinnati non-profit that wants to accept all sorts of things from businesses and make them available to over 650 worthy non-profits in the region. Hopefully you’ll walk away remembering someone in need can use the things your business can’t.
Matt Mason – Awakening the silent majority!
Being conservative or liberal doesn’t mean that you are left or right; it doesn’t mean that you are right or wrong. But it also does not necessarily mean that you are a Democrat or a Republican. It simply means that you hold certain beliefs and ideals; that you identify more with one than the other. Or perhaps, you identify with both in some combination. Between the extreme liberals and the opposing extreme, conservatives, there are an infinite combination of beliefs and ideals. This combination, which excludes the extremes, from the center-left to the center-right is where the majority of Americans live their lives. The moderate Democrats, the moderate Republicans and everyone in between basically agree on most of the issues. So, who’s running this country? It’s like watching a tug-of-war, but only the extremists are on the ropes. The center, the majority of Americans, the MOSTLY MODERATES, are dangling on a thread, being dragged through the mud; desperately trying their best to keep from falling. Why?
Jill McBride – Running With Scissors: You CAN Build a Successful Business By Breaking the Rules
Yesterday’s way of launching and running a business is still the best way — for yesterday. When it comes to getting the job done, many of the old-school, tried-and-true business rules no longer work. Ditch the business plan and the “to do” list, and focus on what you can control and achieve in a day. Is it pretty? Not always, but by knocking on potential clients’ doors rather than lenders’ door, and following a “stop doing” list, I’ve built a successful, debt-free company that weathered the economic downturn with no layoffs or pay cuts. And with these sure-fire tips, you can too.
Drew McKenzie – Buzzword Bingo: End the bullshit and start making sense
Get your bingo cards ready for a quick, irreverent journey through the backwards world of business jargon. Look at real world examples, fully decoded and translated Ignite-style, from one industry that is a walking contradiction and needs to take its own advice.
Dave Menninger – How to Tweet During Someone Else’s Ignite Presentation
This talk will walk you step-by-step through the do’s and don’t's of using Twitter most effectively during another presenter’s Ignite presentation.
Dan Meyer – Art and Science of Doing the Impossible: The Ins and Outs of Sword Swallowing, its Injuries and Side Effects
World Champion Sword Swallower Dan Meyer reveals hidden insights into the secrets of the ancient art of sword swallowing and his quest to overcome the boundaries and limitations of human nature to do the impossible. Meyer describes how he tackled his fears in order to do superhuman feats, become a world record holding sword swallower, and win the Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine. President of the Sword Swallowers Association Int’l, a 10x World Champion Sword Swallower with 5 Guinness World Records, and an award-winning author and speaker seen by over 500 million, Meyer is recognized as the world’s top sword swallower and world’s leading expert in the 4000 year old field of sword swallowing. He speaks on the Ig Nobel Lecture series worldwide and has spoken at Harvrd, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, PINC.11 Netherlands and the IAEWP World Peace Conference.
Brian Monahan – Bring Yourself to Work Day, The World Needs You
Shower – Check… Coffee – Check…Laptop – Check… Smartphone – Check…The REAL ME – Oops, left that one in a heap on the floor. Imagine if life was one great big Ignite Cincinnati and you showed up to work with your unique Spark. The world has enough corporate drones. What the world needs is the real you. I say leave your Son and Daughter at home, instead it’s time you bring the real you to work. I propose Bring Yourself to Work Day, but it’s every day. The World Needs The Real You! Will You Show UP?!
Tim Moore – Provoking Customers
In today’s lighting fast marketplace consumers are constantly inundated with information prompting them to shop here and buy that, leading to “catch me if you can” approach to marketing. This approach is widely utilized, casts a wide net and is expensive. A solution: Emerging in the intelligent data management space, utilizing cloud technology, and deep dive buying habit analytical studies to better understand which customers to provoke, how best to provoke them and the anticipated outcome for the effort. Ignite your customers, Ignite Cincinnati!
Jeremy Mosher – Laughter Is At Least a Top 5 Medicine — Trust Me, I’m Wearing a Lab Coat
Sometimes we need to laugh to keep from crying. (Hi, Bengals!) Sometimes we need to laugh to celebrate and strengthen our relationships. (Really gonna get me one of those someday.) Sometimes we need to laugh to work our abs, because I can’t afford a gym membership. (Hudy 14-K isn’t getting any cheaper.) Hear why developing a stronger comedy scene in Cincinnati will make our city more attractive to creatives and entrepreneurs, make downtown nightlife more fun and varied, and make you — yes, you! — even better looking (like that’s possible)… and, how we can make it all happen.
Mitch Painter – The Craziest Real Estate Investing Story Ever!
Having bought and sold over 250 houses twins Matt & Mitch Painter come across the craziest situations and people imaginable! Enter the world of real estate investors flipping houses throughout Cincinnati neighborhoods! We find guns, antiques, dead varmints, and cash inside old houses! Learn 13 things YOU must do to get started in Real Estate Investing today! There will never be a better time to buy in our life times then right NOW!
Leon Spitz – Kick Ass Charisma..Want some? Get some!
Most people have some charisma…a few have an immense amount. What sets those that have it from those who hunger for it. Most people are actually clueless. But there’s hope, yes, people there’s hope. I’ll explain charisma and show the audience how to have more it.
Peg Stookey – Making Ideas Make $$$$$$$$$
“Ideas are a dime a dozen!” We’ve all heard it and it’s true! Do you have a great idea? It is marketable? How do you tell and, more importantly, how do you get it to market? I recently met with a man (he’s a plumber) that received a “vision” for a new product. (Scouts honor, he was getting a beer when his vision appeared. Now, I’ve stocked up on his brand!! LOL!) In a nutshell, his product was a game (NOTHING to do with plumbing). He stopped looking for a job, invested all he had (which wasn’t much) and, in short, staked his entire life on this “vision”. BUT he had no plan, no mentors AND NO $$$$$$$$$$! (Nor did he seem to think he needed any of the above.) Making an idea make $$$$$ begins with a mindset shift. Yes, ideas are “given” to us. They “drop” in. They “appear” from nowhere. In order to pay the proper respect to our idea “center” we need to take an entrepreneurial approach to “igniting innovation” while planning to make $$$$ from these ideas. If we don’t, ideas will not be given to us in the future! This Ignite presentation will move us through this mindset shift so that YOU can make $$$$$ from your ideas too! If you’ve EVER had an idea that DIDN’T make $$$$$ or maybe you’ve said,”I had that idea 2 years ago and now so and so is making a million dollars with it!”, VOTE FOR ME! I’ll be the kick in the pants that you need to make your idea make $$$$$$ too!
Karl Treier – Cricket 101
My life in the US would be perfect were it not for one missing ingredient. I am of course talking about the grand old game of Cricket. Let me educate you in 5 short minutes about the game, it’s ridiculous terminology, the attire (which I shall wear) and why you need to become fans.
Rachel Weintraub – How cell phones are changing the world
Cell phones are a common everyday object, yet at the same time, they have been in wide spread use for only ten years or so. They are ubiquitous in our world, lives, moving from a luxury to a necessity. Leaving me with one question… why?
Joe Wessels – Broken News
The news is broken. Turn on the television, look at news on the Web, or, if you’re real old school – pick up a printed newspaper – and it’s not hard to detect. Nowadays, “news” is all about shootings, fires and robberies. Car wrecks may be interesting to watch and appeal to basal curiosities – but they tell us little about our community. And because of this downward trend, our communities have suffered. It’s time to fix that. What if there was a local news source that cared about the community? What if it was staffed by experienced journalists who listened to the community’s needs and responded with information about the world around you? What if the news was more in-depth, delivered context around an issue, did not insult your intelligence and gave you real information about Greater Cincinnati? I have an idea how that could happen and I’d like to share it with you.