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6 days until Ignite, Fears will be challenged!

Yes I was selected. I am on a roller coaster of feels right now. I just have uploaded my slides for Ignite #14 and I am a little freaked out. I will spend the weekend practicing my 5 minutes of terror and then a couple of times each day during the week. Even though I am freaked right now, I will come down and feel super excited about it. Then go up and then down a few more time until it is over.

Over all I am really excited to be doing this. I am ready to make this change. I have been sitting in the shadows afraid of being in the light. I want to learn how to be part of community and be part of building one. This fear of being seen has held me back so long. Yes, people will judge me, but I feel that I am finally starting to come to terms of that. I think I am really put a lot of me out there. I mean I only have 5 min and 20 slides, and I think it will be a lot packed in to those 5 minute.
The Ignite Fort Collins community is awesome! They are very supportive and welcoming. I think this was one of the reasons I was romanced in to submitting a spark. Nick Armstrong also has his hand in gently encouraging me to submit. I thank them for this opportunity to face my fear!

For those who are reading this and are in the Fort Collins area I hope you can come out and join the fun! It will be fun I promise. For those you can not I thank you for your thoughts of support and I will post the video of my talk when it is posted!

I am a Man of Spirit! I stand at the threshold of my fear ready to face it and cross it for the better of me and those a round me! I thank you, my guides and spirits who support me in the unseen world. I also thank you, to those in this physical world who do the same!


For those reading this and want to get tickets. You can get them here. Ignite Fort Collins #14 will be on June 14, 2013 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Center Performance Hall.

Vote to watch Math scare the crap out of himself

So, Some of you may know or not know that there is this thing called Ignite.

What is Ignite?

“Ignite is a night of presentations on a variety of topics, with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. We bring Fort Collins geeks, designers, and hipsters together for a night of beer drinking and fun. “
– From

Watch YouTube videos from past Ignite Fort Collins:

I have submitted a talk for Ignite Fort Collins #14. Yep I am facing my fears of Public Speaking, Standing out and being noticed. I hoping to do it in a big way by doing at the Lincoln Center Performance Hall (Yes, their big stage). I have not yet been selected though. Selection process goes as follow:

  1. Submit a talk! (check)
  2. Vote for talk. Which is happening now May 10, 2013 to May 16, 2013. You can vote here
  3. After the vote the Top 6 will be selected and the Ignite Committee will select 8 more.
  4. They will be announced on May 17th, 2013.

So if you want me to face my fears vote for my talks and 2 others or If you don’t vote for 3 topics you would rather to see (There were 33 topics submitted this time around). Then buy tickets for June 14th to watch it happen!

The Talk I submitted:

FAQ for a G.O.U.S. by Matthew Stein
See The G.O.U.S. in the corner looking shy and intimidating, boy you must have questions. Hmmm, I am curious… I wonder… No I shouldn’t ask… He looks scary… He might eat my children… Wait why is that wall growling at me? Wait What is a G.O.U.S.? Questions will be answered. Safely. No kidnapping. No Climbing the tallest building in town with a poor frighten woman in hand because he is frightened by the larger stage.

Here is a talk from one of my favorite speakers and role model.