December 23, 2019

PechaKucha motivational speakers in South Africa

PechaKucha motivational speakers in South Africa

I’ve seen some awesome PechaKucha motivational speakers in South Africa. Well, in Johannesburg to be specific.

I took over as PechaKuchaNight Johannesburg organiser in 2018 and since then we’ve had more than 12 events. (We’re up to #26 on February 26, 2020.)

The PechaKucha format attracts anybody who has something interesting, eccentric and interesting to say. Although it is not geared for professional speakers, it attracts its fair share of motivational speakers, authors and Toastmasters. But, you certainly don’t have to be a professional speaker to present. Anyone is welcome to speak, no matter what your skill level.

We have seen a variety of topics covered, including:

  • Fatherlessness
  • How to be a dad
  • Sparta
  • Beekeeping
  • How to be defeated
  • Bondage
  • Miracles
  • The Cape Town cable car
  • Workplace excuses
  • Neuroscience
  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Goal setting
  • Collaboration
  • Government tenders
  • Sufism
  • How to work and live with millennials
  • Chess boxing
  • Home invasions
  • Life in the French Foreign Legion
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Going green
  • Sustainability
  • The lost generation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital detox
  • How to sleep better
  • Childrens’ books

About PechaKucha

  1. What is PechaKucha 20×20? PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
  2. Who invented the format? The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organise and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organise PechaKucha Night Tokyo.
  3. Why invent this format?Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect — or most creative people for that matter — and they’ll go on forever! Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.
  4. What are PechaKucha Nights? PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. Every PechaKucha Night city is hosted by a local organiser, who has an annual Handshake Agreement with PechaKucha HQ to run their event series. This ensures that each PechaKucha Night is relevant to their city- and can create a unique platform to uncover that city’s creativity.
  5. Why have PechaKucha Nights gone viral globally? With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 1000 cities around the world, we have discovered that most cities — not just Tokyo — have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world, where can you show it? It probably won’t get into a magazine, and you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture, but PechaKucha is the perfect platform to show and share your work.
  6. Where are PechaKucha Nights held? PechaKucha Nights are mostly held in fun spaces with a bar, similar to the home of PechaKucha Night, SuperDeluxe, which is a space for “thinking and drinking.” To date, PechaKucha Nights have been held in bars, restaurants, clubs, beer gardens, homes, studios, universities, churches, prisons (disused), beaches, swimming pools, even a quarry!
  7. Who can present? Anyone can present — this is the beauty of PechaKucha Nights. Astrid’s daughter presented when she was 5 (about her artwork) and Mark’s mother presented when she was 69 (about her elaborate wedding cake creations).
  8. What can people present? The key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work. Some people share their passion and show their prized collection of Nana Mouskouri records, while others share photos of their latest visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps. We always recommend people go and see a PechaKucha Night before they ask to present to get a good feel for what it’s all about.
  9. What makes a good PechaKucha? Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected — unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchites tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, and they turn each PechaKucha Night into “a box of chocolates.”
  10. What if I’m not able to attend a PechaKucha Night? If you’re in an area with no regular PechaKucha Night series, or if you’d just like to get a feel for what people are presenting around the world, then you can go to the Presentations section of this site, and watch presentation from PKNs worldwide.
  11. Who runs PechaKucha Nights? Each PechaKucha Night is run by a city organizer. They are more like stewards, who look after the PechaKucha spirit in each city. All PKN organisers must have a regular day job and they run PechaKucha Nights only for the inspiration, love, and fun of it. They mostly come from the creative fields. The PKN organizer is usually supported by a big team of volunteers — when it comes to putting on a PechaKucha Night, the more helping hands the better. The global PechaKucha network is organised and supported by Klein Dytham architecture.
  12. How can I run a PechaKucha Night? We have never asked anyone to run a PechaKucha Night, people ask us. We only planned this as a one-off event, but then people asked us to run it again — and again – and we were 3 years and 30 events into it, just in Tokyo, before people started thinking it would be cool to have one in their city. Check to see if there is one in your city first. If not, and you think you have what it takes to run one in your city, you can click here to get started.
  13. What’s a PechaKucha Night handshake agreement? We have a very simple “handshake” agreement with each city, mostly to ensure there is only one event series per city and that people are not treading on one another’s toes or pulling the rug out from under their feet. PechaKucha Nights take quite a bit of organising, and the more networks the better so we think it is better for cities to focus on one event. We run an event every month in Tokyo, and believe us, it is quite an undertaking! The “handshake” agreements are free, and renewed each year. Cities must organise a minimum of 4 events a year to qualify as an active city.
  14. Why is PechaKucha Night trademarked? PechaKucha Night is trademarked to protect and unify all the effort and hard work of our PKN city organisers and network.
  15. Who pays to support the network? PechaKucha was devised and shared by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, and their office Klein Dytham architecture has supported the movement and global network for the past 15 years, covering all costs for staff and web development. We are currently looking at different ways to keep the project sustainable and viable going forward as the network expands.
  16. Can I use the PechaKucha 20×20 format at school or in the office? Yes, it is a great format for your school or office. If you would like to use the PechaKucha 20×20 name or format in your organisation, head over to our licensing page.
  17. Is PechaKucha Night like TED? Many people have said, “Oh, so you’re like a local TED!” This is a very nice compliment, but not quite right. TED is brilliant, but very different from PechaKucha. TED is top down, PechaKucha is bottom up! Deanne the hooper, Astrid’s husband, or Mark’s young son might have had a tough time getting into the presentation lineup at TED, but they had some wonderful stories to share at PechaKucha Night.
  18. Was PechaKucha the first format like this? That’s a good question. We have all heard of elevator pitches, a presentation so short you could pitch it to someone in an elevator. 20 seconds x 20 images is a bit longer than that, but the idea is the same: short, concise presentations. As far as we know, PechaKucha was the first to put a limit on the number of images and number of seconds — and the all important auto-forward. There’s no “next slide” or “go back one, please” at PechaKucha Nights.
  19. Is PechaKucha Night a social network? We believe there is nothing social about online social networks, so get out from behind your screen and get to a live event, with real people, real communication, real beer, and real creative fun. So in a sense, we are in fact a “real” social network.

You don’t have to be a motivational speaker, author or Toastmaster to speak. If you have something interesting to say and want to share it, then reach out to me below.

PechaKuchaNight Johannesburg Organiser

Jacques de Villiers
+27 82 906 3693

PechakuchaNight – Johannesburg Alumni

  1. Aaron Ryan
  2. Alex de Bruyn
  3. Andrew Patterson
  4. Anita Jack
  5. Anthea Ambursley
  6. Arthie Moore
  7. Ashley Churchyard
  8. Audrey Mphela
  9. Bronwyn Williams
  10. Björn Luciano Salsone
  11. Carl Schultz
  12. Cathie van Rooyen
  13. Charlotte Blignaut
  14. Chris Reade
  15. Chris Saunders
  16. Colleen Qvist
  17. Corne Davis
  18. Craig Williams
  19. Dawn Klatzko
  20. Dean Allen
  21. Debbie Howe
  22. Debra Myburgh
  23. Douglas Kruger
  24. Enkromelle Andrew
  25. Francois Smit
  26. Fred Beunink
  27. Gaetan Schmid
  28. Gary Hirson
  29. Gavin Sharples
  30. Gerry Pelser
  31. Ghali Jorio
  32. Gillian Lindsell
  33. Grant Greeff
  34. Honest Ncube
  35. Ian Bratt
  36. Ilse van der Merwe
  37. Jacques de Villiers
  38. Jan Robberts
  39. Jann Weerantunga
  40. Janice Scheckter
  41. Jeff Clarke
  42. Jo Cuthell
  43. Jolene Raison
  44. Joni Peddie
  45. Juan Swart
  46. Katherine Robertson
  47. Kathy Mann
  48. Kelly Fair
  49. KK Diaz
  50. Krist Kaufman
  51. Laetitia Booysen
  52. Larry O Sullivan
  53. Loazola Belle
  54. Lori Milner
  55. Lorraine Jenks
  56. Lourens Boel
  57. Lucinda Hamman
  58. Magdalene Meusburger
  59. Massimo Casagrande
  60. Mathilda Eloff
  61. Maxine Gunzenhauser
  62. Michael Martin
  63. Michelle Mills
  64. Monica Rubombora
  65. Niki Seberini
  66. Nicola Scholl
  67. Nolene van Wyk
  68. Nozi Kubeka
  69. Oliver Karstel
  70. Pat Bosman
  71. Robby Kojetin
  72. Robin Pullen
  73. Ross Drakes
  74. Sandra Hall
  75. Sharon Gordon
  76. Shelley Walters
  77. Shoni Kangala
  78. Silke Kaiser
  79. Simphiwe Makapela
  80. Sonia Killik
  81. Stephanie Clarke
  82. Steve Barnett
  83. Tanya Haffern
  84. Tim Nixon
  85. Trevor Ketler
  86. Tyrone McCabe
  87. Tanya Haffern
  88. Vanessa Mentor
  89. Veli Ndaba
  90. William Cairns
  91. Willie Snyman
  92. Yann Seznec
  93. Yoke van Dam
  94. Yorke Rodde
  95. Yvonne Underhill-Sem
  96. Zaid Ismail
  97. Zaid Souqi
  98. Zipho Sikakhane
  99. Zoya Mabuto
  100. Zwelihle Mlambo

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