Thanks so much to all of our great speakers, PT, and our wonderful sponsor Generation Mortgage for making FinCon14 a great success! And a big thanks to Steve Stewart from MoneyPlanSOS for acting as our videographer and video editor in chief for two years in a row.
Thanks to everyone who came and joined us at Ignite FinCon14! It was a ton of fun and a great success. Another thanks to Generation Mortgage for hosting. Thanks to PT for making Ignite a great part of the conference. Thanks to the speakers for doing such an amazing job. And thanks to all of your for joining us and making a memorable opening night to FinCon!
Images thanks to Kyle Hale.
Friends, I am very excited to share with you the list of Ignite FinCon 14 Speakers! We will see you on Thursday at FinCon for this amazing opening night kick off!
|Name||Spark Title||Twitter Name||Website||Website URL|
|Valerie Rind||How to Become a Lawyer in 5 Minutes||@ValerieRind||Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads||http://valerierind.com|
|Leisa Peterson||The Art of Mindful Wealth||@leislooski||Leisa Peterson/Huffington Post||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leisa-peterson/|
|Free To Pursue||How To Survive An African Safari||@freepursue||Free To Pursue||www.freetopursue.com|
|Mark and Lauren Greutman||Have fun Budgeting. No, this isn’t a joke||@markandlaureng||The New American Dream||http://markandlaureng.com|
|Alan Steinborn||Blogging To The Farmville Generation – Why Gamifying Articles Is The Wave of The Future.||@RealMoneyLife||Real Money Daily||http:// Realmoneylife.com|
|Elisabeth Kelly||Unschooling: Why it’s the Answer Even if it isn’t the Question||@mlifeordebt||A Matter of Life or Debt||http://www.matteroflifeordebt.com|
|Rob Bennett||How to Predict Stock Returns for Fun and Profit||@Rob_Bennett_||A Rich Life||arichlife.passionsaving.com|
|Alan Moore||How To Get PAID For The Advice You Give: From Blogger To Financial Planner||@XYPlanning||XY Planning Network||http://www.xyplanningnetwork.com/advisor/blog/|
|Rebecca Stapler||5 Minutes Can Save You $500||@StaplerConfesh||Stapler Confessions||http://staplerconfessions.com|
|Jason Vitug||How to Leave Your Job Without a Plan||@phroogal||Phroogal||http://blog.phroogal.com|
|Eric Rosenberg||Not Quite on the A-List… Yet||@DenverEric||Narrow Bridge Finance||http://www.narrowbridge.net|
Hi Everyone, thanks to all of the great speakers who have submitted topics for Ignite FinCon 2014 in New Orleans! I am thrilled with the lineup which includes many newcomers and a couple of familiar faces. We are very excited to work with a new sponsor this year who is bringing you all the fun on opening night.
See you in New Orleans!
The following post is from Khaleef Crumbley of Fat Guy Skinny Wallet and Faithful With A Few. Khaleef was the winner of the ‘Best Religious Personal Finance Blog’ for Faithful With A Few at last year’s 4th Annual Plutus Awards! (On a personal note I would like to thank Khaleef and his wife Sherrian for being so encouraging and supportive of me as a new blogger. The bloggers of FinCon are the best!) Although Khaleef has not participated in Ignite, he has attended all of the Ignite FinCon events! Here is his perspective on why you should come and hear from your fellow attendees at Ignite!
As someone who attended every FinCon and every Ignite FinCon event (all 2 of them), I was asked to talk about the event from the perspective of an audience member. Let me first start off by saying that I had never even heard of “Ignite” until Eric started talking about adding it as a part of FinCon.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know what Ignite is, but let me just give you my take on it: Ignite is an event where various presenters talk about a topic they are either passionate or knowledgeable about (usually both), but each speaker gets 5 minutes and has to use 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.
The first thing that comes to mind about these events is the energy. Because of the format of the presentation, the speaker is usually filled with energy and passion. This quickly spreads to the audience, and by the end, the atmosphere in the room is charged!
Another thing that I enjoyed about the presentations is the focus. The presenters don’t have time for fluff or extraneous words/slides in their talk. They get 5 minutes to persuade you of their position or at least get you interested in learning more.
I heard some presentations that confirmed that I wasn’t the only one thinking a certain way, while a few actually caused me to reconsider my position on an issue. Because of the format of the presentation and the energy surrounding the event, most of the presentations involved a fair amount of humor and kept everyone interested.
To be honest, I had very low expectations going into the first Ignite FinCon because the format seemed limited and I never heard of anyone doing this before. I only went to support several of the speakers who were nervous and wanted me to be there to lend them support. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the presentations and by how excited, positive, and supportive everyone was. One of the presenters (I won’t mention his name here ;-)) froze during his talk, but everyone cheered him on and encouraged him to push through it – no one laughed!
Many of the speakers said that Ignite was a great way for them to shake the nerves associated with public speaking and they felt encouraged to pursue more speaking opportunities in the future. I would suggest that anyone who is on the fence about speaking submit a topic for consideration and voting. Not one of the speakers I talked to regretted their experience.
If you definitely aren’t speaking this year, then I would suggest attending. As I said above, it can be a great chance for you to learn something about a topic or even a presenter that you didn’t already know. Above anything else, it will definitely be an exciting event that you won’t easily forget.