SITEWIDE Search Results: “preservation”


Providence @ Fete
Feb 22, 2012


Dallas @ City Performance Hall
Sep 19, 2012


Dallas @ David Crockett School
May 10, 2012


Medicine Hat @ Royal Canadian Legion #17
May 23, 2014

PAST PechaKucha Event

Powered by PechaKucha @ J.J. Rogers Building
Jun 09, 2014

PAST PechaKucha Event

Powered by PechaKucha @ Oddfellows Gallery
Apr 22, 2015


Edmonton @ Metro Cinema at The Garneau
Mar 03, 2016


Bryan @ Grand Stafford Theater
Feb 28, 2017


Savannah @ Starlandia Space Station
May 25, 2017

PAST PechaKucha Event

Powered by PechaKucha @ Algonquin Club of Boston
May 15, 2018

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Nashville's Riverfront

@ VOL 12 ON MAY 07, 2014

Gary Gaston, Design Director at the Nashville Civic Design Center, emphasizes the importance of Nashville's riverfront, and how it can be improved upon for the future. With the help of a partnership with University of Tennessee at Knoxville Architecture students, he presents specific concepts which can transform the riverfront, ultimately preserving it for future generations.

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Bringing a Big Boat Back to Life

@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

Liz McEnaney is an urban historian and preservatioist who has worked in exotic locales such as Maputo, New Delhi, and even New York City! She co-founded BldgBlok - an app that provides tourists with location-based historic content.

Liz's latest restoration project is a big one! The SS Columbia - America's oldest excursion steamship - is making its way back to the Hudson River - listen to her tale of bringing the ship back to life!

Learn more about the SS Columbia project here

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The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight

@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."

In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.

The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffaloʼs downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 27th, 2016. 

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New York: A City of the Living and the Dead

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

Allison C. Meier is a Brooklyn-based writer focusing on the arts and overlooked history. Currently, she is staff writer atHyperallergic, and moonlights as a cemetery tour guide at New York burial grounds. These tours are focused on cemeteries as places of history, art, and architecture, as well as concerned in keeping our memorial sites visible for preservation and remembrance. At PechaKucha Night NYC Vol 16, Allison discusses these often abandoned and forgotten spaces right in the middle of our bustling city - reminding us the importance of slowing down.

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Ice House on Main - Heritage Preservation in Support of Community Development

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Jose Quintana discusses AdventGX's heritage preservation model - a process that leverages a community centric mix of entrepreneurship, the arts, and science in support of the development of sustainable heritage preservation. The model is market demand driven along three sustainable development vectors: financial, social and environmental.

This conservative approach to community development uses behavioral and experimental economics to mitigate risks and lower barriers to entry when embarking on new heritage preservation initiatives, not only in underserved urban communities but also in rural settings where heritage based assets are particularly important contributors to quality of life improvements.

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Sea Rangers

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 01, 2017

Wietse van der Werf zet zich in voor de natuur maar doet dit met een sociale aanpak. Vanaf dit jaar zal hij samen met veteranen van de marine werkloze jongeren in Rotterdam gaan opleiden als Sea Rangers. Met een zelfgebouwd zeilend patrouilleschip zullen de Sea Rangers vervolgens beschermde zeegebieden in de Noordzee gaan beheren en restaureren.

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Failure: From the Beautiful Game to Beauty On Stage

@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

From being recruited to a nationally ranked Division 1 collegiate soccer program to becoming a internationally recognized emerging choreographer. Dominic Moore-Dunson explores the idea of failure and how we can use it to shape our future.

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@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

During the presentation, Greg explain that year through the lens of a seven-year old (his age at the time) and how he came to understand the world in much more complicated terms, rather than black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. Many events that shaped Greg into the person he is today occurred during this year, including Darth Vader's defeat of the rebels, the constant appearing of the Ayatollah Khomeini on my television, JR Ewing's getting shot by someone, the death of John Lennon, and the death of my uncle, which his father was later found to be responsible for.

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“The 99 Times My Heart Stopped”.

@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

It was a talk designed to remind folks to take each other to heart -versus for granted- by recognizing what our stories tell others about ourselves, and how they connect us, even when all else fails.

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Arternes Aarhus

@ VOL 37 ON JUN 21, 2018

Back again to represent Arternes Aarhus (Literal translation: "Aarhus for the species") is Nina Tofte Hansen, who gives us the latest news in her adventure of trying to get democratic voting rights for every species in Aarhus.

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PechaKucha Night vol. 9

PechaKucha Night - SLC vol. 9Thursday, June 6th The State Room - 638 S. State St.doors open at 6:00pm   It's been a few months since our last event. Now Spring is here, and Summer is fast approaching. What better way to celebrate the change of seasons than another PechaKucha Night full of eclectic presenters! Join us to see a cross-section of the incredible talent in Salt Lake City! We have a great line-up of presenters ready to share their passion, work and ideas. PechaKucha Nights are about allowing ideas to cross-pollinate across different disciplines, and this group of talented professionals, artists, architects, designers, craftsmen, and educators will surely be another successful night. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, PechaKucha Nights at The State Room typically sell out! Michael Doyle - Landscape architect and Planner, epgRe Wikstrom - photographer, photo editorMichael Kern - creative director, craftsman, cafe racer builder, WeLikeSmallBrent Bowen - architectural illustrator, Bowen StudiosKirk Huffaker - Executive Director, Utah Heritage FoundationEric Egenolf & Dwight Yee - architects, Process StudioJaren Habertson - furniture designer, craftsman, Modern UnionCale Montrone - creator, Revolv MagazineTraci O'Very Covey - visual artistNathan Florence - artist PechaKucha Night, a global event, is based on the 20x20 presentation format. A group of presenters are all asked to give a presentation of 20 slides that are each shown for 20 seconds. A total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This keeps the energy up and the interest level high. Tickets are available online through The State Room. Click on the button below, or go to:

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Salt Lake City vol. 9 reminder!

PechaKucha Night - Salt Lake City is THIS THURSDAY! Don't forget to get your tickets early, while you still can... Purchase your tickets online: The State Room One more reminder that PechaKucha Night is this Thursday, June 6th. Doors open at 6:00pm. Presenters will get going around 6:45-7:00. Get your tickets now before you miss out! If you're still wondering what PechaKucha Night is about, check out the Top 5 Presentations from the month of May on the site: We have another exciting cross-discipline line-up of presenters.  Michael Doyle - Landscape architect and Planner, epg Re Wikstrom - photographer, photo editor Michael Kern - creative director, craftsman, cafe racer builder, WeLikeSmall Brent Bowen - architectural illustrator, Bowen Studios Kirk Huffaker - Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation Eric Egenolf & Dwight Yee - architects, Process Studio Jaren Harbertson - furniture designer, craftsman, Modern Union Cale Montrone - creator, Revolv Magazine Traci O'Very Covey - visual artist Nathan Florence - artist See below for a highlight of just a few: Post Century Credenza Jaren Harbertson The founder of Modern Union, a local design/build outfit that specializes in modern cabinetry and furniture. A believer in the traditions and earned experience of craftsmanship, the marks of Jaren (and Modern Union's) work are his precision loving 'god is in the details' ethos, his belief that modernism at its best represents innovation and hard won simplicity, and the ability to juxtapose raw, patina-rich materials with sleek lines and finishes creating unique, timeless, character filled, and hopefully, heirloom quality results. Modern Union will happily take on any design project that elevates details to obsessiveness. Utah Heritage Foundation Kirk Huffaker As Executive Director of Utah Heritage Foundation, Kirk Huffaker is an advocate for vibrant neighborhoods and Main Streets, recognition of historic modernism, and excellence in planning and design. Since 1998, Kirk has provided assistance throughout Utah to build local preservation leadership, develop policy, and save historic buildings. He has served in the position of Executive Director of Utah Heritage Foundation since 2008. REVOLV issue No. 02 Cale Montrone A Utah Native. A sheet metal worker. Revolv magazine publisher and editor. A fan of really cool stuff. Nuff said. Poster design by: Tim Ross Lee

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DesignBoom: Now Hosts Over 1000 Presentations

Just over 6 months ago the grand overhaul to went public, and we've been receiving presentations from PechaKucha Nights in cities the world over. About one week ago we hit a landmark (the first of many to come!): one thousand (1000) PechaKucha 20x20 presentations online.  While this number is only a small fraction of the presentations that the PechaKucha Night attendees have seen in our now 660 cities worldwide, we're positively elated. DesignBoom has featured this milestone on their blog, so feel free to check out the full post here. 

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Designing for Historic Context

“Focus on scale, proportion, and urban fabric when designing to respect historic neighbourhoods.” David Mayo, architect at De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, speaks about designing for context. In “Designing for Historic Context” from PKN Louisville Vol. 14 he clearly defines the difference between architectural preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration.


Vol. 18 presenters announced

We are happy to you announce the Vol. 18 presenters! In no particular order:   Eli Miller, Art Director Eli Miller, a San Antonio native, attended Savannah College of Art Design where she earned a B.F.A. in Art Direction. After graduation, Eli returned to San Antonio where she met Chuck Kerr, the San Antonio Current'sthen Art Director. Upon receiving his business card she joked that she intended on stealing his job. Three months later she did. Eli has been working at the Current ever since.   Amanda Bianchi, Snazzy Arts Babe Amanda Bianchi works at Cinnabar art gallery in Blue Star and is a style contributor for the new LGBTQ publication, Out In SA. She has also been actively involved with the food and beverage industry in San Antonio for the past five years, working at establishments such as The Monterey and Feast that have helped to shape the current landscape we see today.    Avi Avalos, Mr. Piñata SA Avi Avalosis a Mexican-American artist and San Antonio native. His art is simply a visual language used to connect to the city’s vibrant culture in the most positive light. Mr. Piñata SA was initially created as a research tool for a children's book in 2013 but evolved into an initiative to bring fine art to public places in an effort to create cultural art awareness. Mr. Piñata SA is now an ambassador of San Antonio, and his adventures have taken him across the U.S. as he promotes our City on the Rise.    Lewis F. Fisher, Author and Historian Lewis F. Fisher is the author of numerous prize-winning books on San Antonio. They include American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River, Chili Queens, Hay Wagons and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio and Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage. His Maverick Publishing Company, which published 45 general interest nonfiction regional books by 26 authors, was recently acquired by Trinity University Press.   Corey Squire and Helena Zambrano, A Sustainable Relationship Helena Zambrano and Corey Squire both decided at a young age that they wanted to save the world, and they came to the same conclusion: that architecture is the way to do it. They both currently work as sustainability coordinators at neighboring architecture firms — Helena at Overland Partners and Corey at Lake | Flato Architects — and serve on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as chair and treasurer, respectively. They first met at a COTE meeting and bonded over their shared love of daylight simulation and their shared hatred of perforated metal. Corey and Helena live in Dignowity Hill where they spend their time cycling, composting, and subsisting off vegetables from their garden and eggs from their chickens.   David Martin Davies, Public Radio Journalist David Martin Davies was once arrested for playing punk rock music inside Wonderland Shopping Mall. Today, he hosts The Source on KSTX Texas Public Radio — a live daily call-in news program. He also hosts Texas Matters, which airs on Texas Public Radio stations. In his 20 years in journalism as a TV news producer, reporter and columnist, his work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace and the BBC. His many awards include the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year.   Jeremy Joseph, Clinical Psychologist Jeremy Joseph is a psychologist who conducts clinical research on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. He is interested in how we relate to our dreams, often working with patients who struggle with nightmares. The California native went to college in Chicago, volunteered in Israel, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and did an internship year in Albuquerque. In 2013 he began a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. If you live in Monte Vista, you’ve probably seen him and his wife walking their greyhound, Sofia.   Libby Wardlaw Maddin, Road Trip Enthusiast Libby Wardlaw Maddin is a musician, road trip enthusiast, and San Antonio native. She spent the vacations of her youth packed into a 1978 suburban with her five siblings and parents, who ignited her passion for exploration and in more recent years provided her with a day job flexible enough to take business calls and write emails from the middle of the desert. When she's not hitting the road, she sings in various musical projects with her husband Chris and with the San Antonio Mastersingers. She has also been a host on KRTU's Indie Overnight for 10 years.  

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PK People: Boyne, Keith, and Tania

Boyne, Keith, and Tania (and pup, 'Tropical Charlie'): PechaKucha's Organizers in sunny Townsville, Queensland. Living as architects, working as farmers, studying as scholars, and creating as poets and artists, this laid back funky bunch stays well off the beaten path, and engaged everyday with beauty, fragility, and inspiration that Coral Sea and it's treasured Great Barrier Reef brings to their shores. Keeping their hands to the dirt, irons to the fire, and spirit to the winds, they bring intention to their unique PKNs in Townsville, focusing in on preservation, conservation, and living in harmony with the landscape, and it's inhabitants. And no PKN is complete without a committee (read: community)! Big shout out to Sandy McCathie, Yoshie Kenny, Kaz Hauser and Karen Metcalfe, and don't forget Dave Sewell, pizza cook extraordinaire! Thank you all for everything you do to bring the spirit of PechaKucha to Townsville!


دليل متحدثي بيتشاكوتشا

نؤمن بأن الفعاليات أمر مهم لبناء أي مجتمع ثقافي وفني وفكري، وبما أن ذلك أحد أهم عمائد تطور الحضارات ونتاجها وموثّق تاريخي للعصر، فنحن في بيتشاكوتشا نسعى لتوفير بيئة مناسبة لبناء مجتمع مثيل.  طالما أنك هنا فبالتأكيد لديك رغبة لمشاركة منظورك المختلف في بيتشاكوتشا نايت 20 في 20 وأن تكون متحدث في أحد ليالينا. *بإمكانك تصفح الدليل في المدونة هنا بخط أوضح. شارك معلوماتك،  تجربتك، أفكارك مع مجتمعك. ماهي بيتشا كوتشا نايت؟البيتشاكوتشا هي من أصل ياباني(ペチャクチャ)وتعني دردشة أو ثرثرة. سلسلة عالمية من الفعاليات لتلتقي بالآخرين، و تُلهم ، وتستلهم. الفعالية معتمدة على خُطى سريعة وممتعة.- في بيتشا كوتشا نحب ننقنق وقت مانفكر-  دائماً مايخبرنا الحضور بأن نطق PechaKucha صعباً، أحدث متحدثينا قرر أن ينطقها بيكاتشو :( ، بالطبع  كلمة من لغة أخرى وغير دارجة لدينا ستكون غير معروفة كثيراً وفي الحقيقة مختلف عليها كثيراً.ولكن الصحيح نطقها پيتشـَـكـتْشا (التاء مخففة) والمنتشر پيتشاكوتشا وكلاهما دارج وصحيح. في هذا الرابط يمكنك أن تستمع لبعض المحليين من اليابان ينطقون بيتشاكوتشا. ليلة بيتشاكوتشا تقام في ٩٠٠ مدينة حول العالم، الفعالية معتمدة على العروض التقديمية حيث كل متحدث لديه٢٠ صورة يعرضها، لكل صورة ٢٠ ثانية. المتحدثون من مجالات مختلفة ومواضيعهم تنصب في مختلف الأحداث، والمفاهيم، والأفكار الإبداعية. ليلة بيتشاكوتشا ليست فقط للتحدث عن الأعمال الفنية بحد ذاتها وإنما الإبداع بشكل عام، تجمع بين البساطة والعمق، وبين المبدعون بتنوع عقولهم. هي منصة لمن يجيد التعبير عن العالم الذي بداخله أو العالم من حوله. بيتشاكوتشا تحمل مفهوم فريد للإحتفاء بالفن والإبداع والإنسان. هي مساحه للتواصل والمشاركة.  موقع بيتشاكوتشا الرياض لإلقاء عرض مميز خالٍ من "اللكاكيع" وتفاعلي مع الجمهور، التحضير أمر ضروري. لذلك هذه بعض الإرشادات لتساعدك في التحضير. قبل أن تبدأ اختيار موضوعك - إن لم تختاره بعد- هذه بعض الخطوات لمساعدتك: اختر موضوع أنت شغوف به. ليكن لديك شيء مثير للإهتمام ومختلف لتقوله. حدد الخطوط العريضة في الموضوع والتسلسل الذي تريده. بسط ماتطرحه، أعد ترتيب التسلسل وتخلص من ماهو غير ضروري. حدد أهم الأمور التي تود أن تقولها، حاول إبرازها بطريقة ذكية. بيتشاكوتشا لا يقتصر على الفنون، بل يتضمن أي حديث مبدع وملهم في كافة المواضيع. تلميحات تساعدك في ترتيب عرضك: المتحدث بإمكانه في الحقيقة وضع ٢٣ شريحة، لاتنس أن تعرف بنفسك في البداية، بإمكانك جعل أول صورة/شريحة تعريفية لك: الشريحة الأولى: لعنوان العرض مع اسم المتحدث وبالإمكان إضافة اسم شركته/مايعمل لتقديم نفسه. الشريحة الثانية: بداية عرض الـ٢٠ صورة (العرض الرسمي الذي سيرفع على موقع بيتشاكوتشا العالمي). بعد الـ ٢٠ صورة، الشريحة ٢٢: غالباً تكون لشكر الحضور للإصغاء (وهي غالباً إشارة للحضور للتصفيق وتحية المتحدث). الشريحة ٢٣: الصورة الملخصة للعرض والتي تمثله (the Recap Slide)، خلالها تكون هناك محادثة سريعة بين المقدم والمتحدث وأسئلة من الحضور. وأخيراً الشريحة ٢٤ تكون للمنظم (الشريحة الإنتقالية) ليمهد الإنتقال لعرض المتحدث التالي، غالباً ماتكون شعار بيتشاكوتشا.  نموذج للعرض من أحد عروض متحدثي بيتشاكوتشا طوكيو نصائح تساعدك ليكون عرضك رائع: ١- احكيها! أفضل طريقة ليكون عرضك مميز هو أن تقدمه بشكل قصة مميزة بدلاً من طرح مجموعة من الحقائق. أن تحكي حكاية تأخذ الجمهور في رحلة وهم في مقاعدهم -ولو كانت لفترة قصيرة- ذلك سيجعل عرضك وحديثك لاينسى.  القصة غالباً تحتوي على مقدمة، تطور الأحداث، والنهاية. اجعل قصتك وصور العرض متسلسلة ومتناغمة مع بعضها لترسخ الرسالة التي تقدمها لإعطاء الجمهور تجربة غنية. تأكد عند مشاركة قصتك للجمهور أن تبين لماذا موضوعك ذو قيمة. ٢- قرر ماهو أكثر شيء تريد أن يتذكره الحضور لو كان الحضور سيتذكر أمر واحد فقط من حديثك على المسرح، ماذا سيكون؟ عندما تعرف هذا الأمر سيسهل عليك ترتيب محتوى عرضك. ٣- استخدم صور متعلقة بالموضوع ذات تأثير قوي الصور التي تستخدمها في عرضك يجب أن تعزز أفكارك!. تأكد بأن تكون صورك ذات جودة عالية، وأن يكون لك الأحقية والإذن في استخدامها. ٤- لا تجعل محتوى عرضك مكتظ "لا تحشر العرض"! بما أن بيتشاكوتشا هو 20 في 20 أي (20 صورة، 20 ثانية لكل صورة) بالتالي  6 دقائق و 40 ثانية، فكثير من المتحدثين يحاولون حشر الكثير من المعلومات في هذا الإطار القصير مما يجعلهم يتحدثوا بسرعة  ليتناسب محتوى حديثهم مع تحرك الصور. تذكر، ماقل دل. عدّل عرضك بعناية، واحذف كل ما هو غير ضروري أو غير شيّق. بإمكانك تحميل نموذج تدريبي لبيتشاكوتشا - پاورپوينت لمساعدتكمساعدتك على توقيت السيناريو الخاص بك "پروڤة"  (عند فتح ملف الباوربوينت: يجب أن تتأكد أن يكون الملف في وضع العرض لكي تتحرك الشرائح تلقائيا، سيظهر شريط في الأسف للوقت ليساعدك على التدريب). حافظ على بساطة عرضك ، اقصره على موضوع واحد! لا تقلق بإمكانك دائما الإشتراك في بيتشاكوتشا مرة أخرى إذا كان لديك محتوى إضافي مهم وتؤمن بأنه سيكون عرض رائع.  ٥- تدرب؟ تدرب. تدرب! أفضل طريقة لتكسر رهبة المسرح وتبني ثقتك أمام الحضور وقت العرض هو أن تتدرب على عرضك عدة مرات. التدرب لعشر مرات أو أكثر سيجعلك مرتاح وعفوي ;) تطبيقات تساعدك في التدريب: Talk Timer - Countdown Clock for Speeches, Lectures and Presentations by inUse Fire Timer by Bluespark ٦- تذكر أن تتنفس :)  لا بأس في أن تتوقف، تصمت وتأخذ نفساً عند ذكر أمر مهم في عرضك لشد الإنتباه . ٧- تواصل مع حضورك خلال العرض والتركيز الشديد على ماسيقوله المتحدث، أحياناً ينسى المتحدث التواصل مع الحضور.تواصل بصرياً وتفاعل مع الحضور. كن عفوي! هذا سييجعل عرضك قريب من قلوب الحضور. التدريب مهم،  خذ حريتك في الحديث لاتردده كالآلة فيتململ الحضور. فالمعادلة لعرض رائع هي: ٨٠٪ تدريب ٢٠٪ حرية الحديث وعفويته. أي ستكون مُلم بعرضك عن ظهر قلب ولكن عندما تتحدث ستحرك يديك  مردداً "فاهمين علي؟" أو " كذا يعني".   قوانين عروض بيتشاكوتشا: عرضك يجب أن يحتوي على ٢٠ صورة. - صورة فقط- عروض بيتشاكوتشا الناجحة غالباً تحتوي على صور تناسب مايقوله المتحدث، ليس هناك  نقاط أو نصوص في شريحة. كل صورة تُعرض لمدة ٢٠ ثانية بالضبط، الصور تتحرك تلقائيا. المتحدث لا يتحكم في تحريك العرض. ممنوع التطرق للحملات السياسية. ممنوع عروض البيع. ممنوع الوعظ. ممنوع الصور أو الكلمات المخلة بالآداب العامة . تذكر بأن حديثك للعامة وللأشخاص من كافة الأعمار والمعتقدات. فالحضور قد يكونوا في مرحلة الدراسة أو في الخمسين من العمر!. ولاتنسى أن حديثك سيرفع على موقع بيتشاكوتشا ليطّلع عليه أي شخص في العالم.   تم تجميع وترجمة بعض مما دوّن أعلاه من عدة مواقع مختصة، من أجل الحصول على أفضل النصائح والإرشادات    

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What the heck is a PechaKucha? - blog post by Wes Lucus

This blog was written by Wes Lucus, who presented at PechaKucha #ldnont vol. 2 on April 25. Check out his presetnation: "What I Learned From My Mission To Mars" ************** I was warned. It wouldn’t be easy. But what I experienced in that space shuttle would teach me one of the most valuable life lessons.   PeCHA KuCHA: The sound of “chit chat” Originating in Japan, and taking place in cities all around the world, speakers share their stories with a slideshow of 20 photos, each showing for 20 seconds. In April I had the pleasure of participating in this unique event with my story entitled “What I learned from my mission to Mars.” I volunteered to speak because I saw it as an opportunity to stretch – to practice and grow in a few different ways: Speaking The most valuable skills, regardless of your job or environment, involve communication. The 2 most universally valuable are persuasion and public speaking. In order to continually improve, I’m always looking for opportunities to speak. When I’m at the front of the room, I’m usually leading a training or workshop, so PechaKucha allowed me to have a little more fun and flexibility, and to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I got to choose the topic and the message with only 2 restrictions: It had to match 20 slides at 20 seconds each (6min 40sec total), and it couldn’t be a sales pitch. Those of you who know me well know I’m an introvert who rarely shows much enthusiasm, so I purposefully chose a story that would not work unless I told it with enthusiasm – forcing me to stretch and get a little uncomfortable. Language Patterns One of my favorite things about NLP is the study of language patterns – using certain words and phrases, and structuring your message to communicate with the subconscious mind, as well as the conscious. While the average listener will say “Oh, it’s about roller coasters… but not really. It’s about a lot of things, I guess,” NLP nerds and students of my Influence & Impact course will be able to spot a some of those patterns in my story. I’m constantly playing with those language patterns, working them into my speech intentionally so that they start to come out automatically and effectively, and I thoroughly enjoyed planning this talk around them. Timing It’s a personal hangup I’ve had… Whether it’s a 2 minute talk, or a 2 day workshop, the only thing that gets me nervous around the idea of public speaking is the timing. I never know if I’m going to go over, or way under, and I haven’t yet figured out how to tell by the content I have planned. The only way I’ve had any certainty with this ahead of time was if I had every word scripted, and tested for timing… but every scripted or written word costs you connection with the audience, so I knew I would have to overcome my timing anxiety a different way. This event was a great opportunity to work with that – Not only did I have to finish right at 6:40, but ideally I also needed to keep pace with the changing slides every 20 seconds. I won’t say it was easy… I spent half a day trying to figure out whether to put the slideshow together first, or figure out what I was going to say first. I eventually settled on the slideshow, because it would be just enough structure for me to improvise the rest around. Once the 20 slides were set and submitted, I loosely outlined what I wanted to say. Then I memorized the order of the slides, and then just practiced telling my story in the order of the slides. Eventually, after I got the big pieces in place, I started practicing with the timing. I got an app on my phone called Tabata Timer which gave me audio cues every 20 seconds, and just told the story. Every time I heard a beep, I knew it was time to move on to the next slide, and that allowed me to practice without script or notes, allowed the story to change with each run-through, and gave me an unconscious sense of the timing. Making a mark in London I knew I would only be in London for a short while. Being around amazing people, being involved in the local community, I saw this as a way to leave something behind, to give some kind of positive message, and to be remembered. Maybe it comes down to some deep desire to satisfy my ego, some need for significance… but it’s also about connection, and being a part of the family – and I definitely felt all of that as a result of participating.   FYI – You can see past and upcoming Pecha Kucha events in London HERE.   ~Wes Lucus