Last week I got the chance to speak at a Pecha Kucha event. (If you’re not sure how to pronounce it, this will help.)

Pecha Kucha asks its presenters to take on an interesting challenge, give a talk using only 20 slides and each slide can only be displayed for 20 seconds each. What that means is that no matter how good (or bad) the presentation is, they are only 6:40. Pecha Kucha events take place all over the world and this was actually Calgary’s 10th. The theme of the evening was Reclaim and there were a variety of speakers ranging from farmers to artists, wildlife biologist and professors. And for some reason me, the blogger.

It took me a while to come up with how I wanted to talk about the theme of reclaim, I tossed around ideas in my head for quite a while. In the end, I decided to talk about something I know more about than anyone else. My blog and how, in what seems like a flash, it’s changed my life.

I was the tenth and final presenter of the night, so by the time it was my turn, I was a ball of stress and nerves. A few glasses of wine helped, but when my presentation finally started, there was no turning back. You’ll see in the video that I fell behind on the slides pretty quickly. I wanted to stop them so bad, but it clearly states in the rules that you can’t. You have to either catch up or drop parts of your presentation. I chose to speak really fast instead, causing me to trip on my words a couple of times, but eventually I started to feel like I was gaining a hang of it and with that came momentum. Timing wise, I don’t think I accounted for people laughing (I really don’t think I’m funny) and stumbling on my words and having to go back and make my point.

You’ll also see in the video that I started throwing my notes in the air as I was finished with them. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I DID THAT.

For me, Pecha Kucha was one of the most exhilarating challenges that I’ve ever been presented with. If you ever get the chance, whether it’s to just go and watch or even present, it’s a must!

Mike Morrison