I first met Kyle at FinCon ’13. Well, I actually ‘met’ him before FinCon because we were both giving an Ignite speech so I got to know him just a little bit before the conference as we all exchanged emails. Kyle is a great guy and I really enjoyed getting to know him and Justin of My University Money. After FinCon Kyle asked me to be a guest on their podcast. This is just one example of how experienced bloggers are willing to invest in those of us who are new to it all and one of a hundred reasons that every personal finance blogger should plan to attend FinCon!
Kyle recently agreed to answer my questions about his Ignite experience. I asked Kyle to send over some pictures of himself at FinCon and he didn’t have any. I’m not kidding. He did not take the first picture at the conference! Thankfully I had a couple of him so I included them…
Eva: Why did you decide to participate in FinCon Ignite? Was this your first Ignite speech?
Kyle: I wanted to do something that would show people that I had some value to offer since I was soaking in so much great information. I guess I also wanted to challenge myself and prove I belonged in the same room as all the other accomplished individuals.
Eva: How did you choose your topic?
Kyle: As a teacher, financial education or lack thereof is always an issue on the top of my mind. I wanted to pick something I had a high amount of expertise in that might be something different from everyone else. Finally, I figured it would be an easy sell considering I was basically “preaching to the choir”.
Eva: Did you feel sick to your stomach before you spoke? 😉 Tell the truth!!!
Kyle: Honestly, I didn’t feel sick. A few butterflies, but I sort of speak in front of people day in and day out so I think that helps.
Eva: Why should FinCon Attendees participate in FinCon Ignite? If not participating, why should they come and be a part of the crowd?
Kyle: Ignite is a great adrenaline rush. If you have grand aspirations of having your own session at FinCon one day I think Ignite would be a perfect warm up experience for that. It’s also just a unique challenge if you want to broaden your public speaking horizons.
If not presenting, I think it’s a great opportunity to quickly learn about another person’s area of expertise. I learned an incredible amount of information from some really charismatic people at Ignite’13.
Eva: What is your favorite memory of FinCon’13?
Kyle: Meeting so many people is my favorite overall memory. If you forced me to pick a specific time I’d have to say getting to sit next to Pat Flynn at dinner one evening. He was just such a positive and humble person.
Here is Kyle’s Ignite speech: