Lucky me! Approximately a month ago, I was selected to speak at Pecha Kucha Night 14 coming up this Thurs, Oct. 18 in Edmonton. A fellow Toastmaster and friend of mine told me about it before a Toastmaster meeting and I thought the format was a very interesting speaking challenge. As someone who is always trying to push himself to get better at public speaking (among other things), I saw this as an opportunity to not only talk about my passion but to work on a different speaking project. Ever since I finished all of my speeches in the Communication track in Toastmasters, I have been looking to push myself further doing different speeches and entering contests.
Pecha Kucha comes from the Japanese term for ‘chit chat’ and was developed by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture. It was a way for young designers to meet, network and discuss their projects but there is a catch: each designer gives a presentation of 20 images, 20 seconds for each image, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Pecha Kucha is a lot like Tedx in that people give talks about what they are passionate about but unlike Tedx, anybody can talk about anything. You do not have to be an expert in that field. It obviously helps to have a lot of passion for what you are talking about though.
How can I get involved?
Are you in Edmonton on Oct. 18? Purchase tickets online and attend the event!
Can’t attend but still want to watch the talks? I believe the Edmonton Journal has a live feed of the event (I’m the 4th speaker)
List of presenters
I am in a humble mix of incredible speakers:
- Dave Mowat – President & CEO, ATB Financial | Light it up, #yeg!
- Sunniva Van – Social Educator | Ride to Learn
- Pamela Colleen – Professional Musician | The Universal Language: and No, It’s Not Love
- Wang Yip - Design Enthusiast | Design is …
- Hon. Dave Hancock - Minister of Human Services and Government House Leader | Community ownership of Alberta’s social policy framework
- Shawn Kanungo – Management Consultant | I Love the Spelling Bee
- Renee Vaugeois – Executive Director, & Chelsea Freeborn – Children’s Rights Program Manager from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights | Imagine a Dream
- Jacqui Fraser – Student | A split second
- Daniel Schneider – Freelance Artist and Comic Book Artist | That John Denver is Full of S@#$
- David Zip – Owner, 3D MobileScan | 3D Workflows for Historical Refacading
- Brittney Le Blanc – Online documenter, journalist, and girl about town | Bragging is good
I cannot wait to hear what great ideas our presenters will talk about.