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Pecha Kucha Night Singapore

Once every 2-3 months I host Pecha Kucha Night Singapore, a speaking event where each speaker follows a unique 20X20 format for their presentations. 20X20 means 20 images, each showing for 20 seconds. It's quite a challenge for the speakers, but for me as a host it is an enormous undertaking.

 

I am typically so busy that I rarely have time to share my thoughts on topics like this. Speaking in front of a big crowd is hard. Some of the people I have met since starting this are naturals at it, they go right out there and start talking and their fluidity is magical. I aspire to be as good as my speakers, and in organizing and hosting Pecha Kucha Night I want to overcome my shortcomings as a public speaker and learn to improve my technique.

 

When the clock strikes 7:30PM, I'm on and there's no stopping the train. I carry a little notebook full of keywords that I glance at from time to time in order to keep pace, but I still fumble and forget things that I wanted to say. I still get the message cleanly across, but of course there was always something that would have sounded better. If I think I'm not very good at something, I will throw myself at it and do it until I get better at it. There's no point sitting around thinking about what ifs, it's really a matter of just going for it and doing your best. That was just what I had in my head when I decided to start organizing and hosting this. I have never done anything like it before, but wanted to do it and wanted to do something for the community where I live. Pecha Kucha Night felt like the right thing to do, and I have learned so much from all of the speakers and people I have worked with through these first two events. I'm loving every second of it.

 

Now that our second event is over, it's time to go back and review the notes and see how I can make the third installment even more fun, exciting and interesting for our audience. If you live in Singapore please keep an eye out for our posters and flyers around town and come join us for our next event!

 

*Photo taken by Yasith Fernando who kindly volunteered to help shoot photos of the event.

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Taken on September 6, 2012