PechaKucha Night Returns to Orlando on November 9

PechaKucha, the presentation phenomenon that has sparked events in over 1,000 cities worldwide, is returning to Orlando for a 24th local edition on Friday, November 9.

This is our third and final PechaKucha Night of 2018, said Eddie Selover, who organizes and hosts the Orlando edition of PechaKucha Night, and were really excited about this group of speakers and topics. Were going to be talking about basketball, personal resilience, biking across America, risk-taking, diversity in Orlando, bad business ideas, juggling, and more. This will be every bit as inspiring as our other events, but with some fresh and unusual subjects and viewpoints.

Speakers for PKN v24 include a number of well-known Orlando leaders: local radio hosts Michael Clark (Lets Talk Future) and Nick Georgoudiou (To a Certain Degree); state director of transgender equality Gina Duncan; Orlando arts legend Terry Olson; founder of Sweet Utopian Mylk Bar Ashley Renee; executive director of Bike Walk Central Florida Lisa Portelli; Goodwill Industries of Central Florida COO Karla Radka; and Hoop Brothers CEO Sam Tarell. All will be presenting in the 20×20 format that PechaKucha is based on.

The presentations have only one rule: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, Selover explained. The presentations run automatically, and the challenge for speakers is to tell their stories in perfect sync with their visualsand briefly. We all talk for too long. Were scared of editing things down. So putting the presentations on auto-forward helps people clear their heads, focus, and say things succinctly.

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PechaKucha (pronounced pe-CHA-ku-CHA) is a Japanese expression meaning chatter or chit-chat, which speaks to the informal and casual nature of these events. PechaKucha Nights are held in nightclubs, bars, performance spaces, outdoor venues, and in the case of Orlando, a world-class venue: the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

PechaKucha Nights began in Tokyo 15 years ago as a forum for architects and designers to share their work, said Selover. Since then, they have grown virally and spread virally across the globe. In a sense, at each PechaKucha Night we come together as part of one big connected international community. And in an increasingly virtual world, these events bring back the magic of meeting people face to face and listening to others simply tell their stories.

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