This city seems to have a growing affection for concise, creative presentations about pretty much anything. Five years ago, TEDx talks and PechaKucha Nights were relatively obscure and innovative ways to get together, be entertained, and learn. These days, it seems that every organization is adapting these event formats – for work, for fun, and everything in between.
The result? A growing backlash against the boring, bullet-point, boardroom-style presentation format. Recent examples of these types of events include Calgary Arts Development’s super popular PechaKucha Nights, TEDxYYC, TEDxCalgary, and the Walrus Talks. I too am part of this movement towards creative and concise communications, having hosted a PechaKucha-style event for Calgary’s Connecting Environmental Professionals this past March.
Whether you LOVE these events or you don’t know what I’m talking about, there’s one happening this Thursday that I encourage you all to check out. Hosted by Thrive in Partnership with First Calgary Financial, the Community Showcase is a free, public event at Telus Spark, with presentations from local folks on sustainability-related topics.
The Community Showcase includes a networking session (arguably mandatory for these types of soirees), as well as snacks and an art exhibit. Presenters must do their talk PechaKucha-style, meaning they may use only 20 slides, which each advance automatically every 20 seconds (so no rambling!). They are encouraged to use exclusively images (no bullet points!) and creative twists are strongly encouraged (here’s hoping for some props and costumes).
So slam that boardroom door shut on Thursday, and come out and see how your community is playing with presentations. You may come away with some ideas on how you too can bust the boardroom boredom.