Get to the Point Leeds Digital Festival 2023

By: Richard Michie

In our second year of running Get to the Point at Leeds Digital Festival, we decided to step up our game a little and move to the offices of Glean at Leeds Dock. With improved tech and lovely surroundings, we brought nine great speakers to this year’s Get to the Point.

If you’ve not come across Get to the Point before, there are three simple rules that help it stand out from other speed-presenting events you might have come across before.

  • Each speaker has just 20 slides
  • Each slide changes automatically after 15 seconds. We set the timing so the speaker has no control over when they change.
  • No SALES PITCHES. This rule means that you’re never going to hear someone sell their latest software or revolutionary face cream!

Get to the Point gives a different perspective

These rules mean that our speakers really have to focus their talks, cut out the waffle and get to the point. It engenders storytelling and makes the talks, not just interesting, but fun too.

On the night we raised money for our chosen charity Simon on the Streets. So not only did we have fun we raised a few quid for the homeless too.

We’ve run Get to the Point twice before now, once at last year’s Digital Festival and a standalone Get to the Point in early 2023.

Here’s how Get to the Point played out

So without further ado, here are all the formal talks we had on the night, as well as two Random Slide Challengers who had 2.5 minutes to present slides they had never seen before.

Danni Johnson

John Burgess

Luke Brown

Tom Fowler

Adam Bovan

Clare Downham

Nathan McNee

Katie Thompson

Stephen Hampshire

Random Slide Challenge 1

Random Slide Challenge 2

Get to the Point will return soon. If you would like to take part please get in touch.

Interested in speaking to The Optimists?

Right from the beginning of our time working with The Marketing Optimist, they’ve taken the time and effort to get to understand Sharp Consultancy as a business and not just a client. We’ve seen a huge increase in the effectiveness of our social media strategy, particularly on Linkedin and we’re delighted with the impact it’s had on the business.

Jamie Caulfield

Regional Director, Sharp Consultancy

It was a pleasure to work with The Marketing Optimist on this project. It felt like a true collaborative effort on the day and they made the interviewee's feel at ease whilst talking about their journey on our RISE programme. The final video was professional and engaging, we have received great feedback around the quality and creativity of the case study. Including the video in our presentation made it come to life, with real humans sharing their stories, so thank you to the Marketing Optimist!

Hannah Prole

Impact Manager, Better Connect Limited

Case Studies


Marketing for Local Government

Moresby Hall Hotel

Hotel Rebranding

Sharp Consultancy

B2B Social Media for recruitment

The Edit LDN

Managing advanced eCommerce SEO

Better Connect

Digital PR and video production for events

Tango Networks

Marketing support for a global telecoms business

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