If you didn’t already know, I presented at Pecha Kucha Night 14 in Edmonton on Oct. 18, 2012.
The Edmonton Journal was nice enough to have a live stream of the event and to upload the individual speeches to youtube on their channel – you can find mine on youtube as well but I’m also linking it here so that you can watch it without leaving the page:
Here are some of my thoughts after the event:
- All the speeches were great and I found that I took something away from each speech (no, I’m not just saying that)
- It was unfortunate that Dave Hancock was not able to make it
- I especially liked Brit’s speech about bragging about Edmonton – I tried to do that in my speech though I only ended up with pictures of Edmonton in a few of my slides (arguably not enough)
- I also enjoyed Shawn’s speech mostly for the humour but also because of the fact that the title hid the surprising conclusion that was in his speech. I always like it when simple titles allude to something even bigger.
- I debated with myself over whether I should bring up notes or not but in the end, I felt that notes were not needed for a few reasons:
- I knew the material already as long as I saw the slides (my initial plan was to know what order the slides were in so that I could seamlessly move to the next slide without having to see it)
- I had confidence in the timing I had prepared (which, as it turned out, was almost perfect)
- The notes would be on a small music stand which I felt would be an unsightly object in my presentation
- I should have realized this before but the lights on the stage blinded me from seeing all but the first two rows in the theater. Any good speaker relies on the audience for feedback so for me, it was difficult to see how receptive the audience was to my speaking (though the few jokes I did have in my presentation were well received)
- I didn’t get a chance to meet the hosts which was probably my fault for not showing up earlier but I think that being introduced to the hosts would make the speakers less nervous.
Overall, it was a fantastic event and I thank EdmontonNextGen and the organizers of PKN for selecting me and running a very welcome event.