November 14, 2023

9 November PechaKucha Johannesburg Feedback

PechaKucha Johannesburg. More than 150 people attended the public speaking event on 9 November 2024.

I copied and pasted some of the comments and articles about the last PechaKucha Johannesburg we had on November 9.

We had around 160 people attend the event, our biggest in Johannesburg, by far.

All 10 speakers were top-notch, on point, enlightening and entertaining.

  1. Ian Bratt – You’ll Never Know
  2. Marlette de Jager – The 6 Shits To Give
  3. Martin Pelders – From Victim to Victor: One Man’s Fight Against Gender Based Violence
  4. Jean Archary – Make Your Money Matter
  5. Mookho Mhlayivana – Mind Your Business
  6. Tivania Moodley – Living In Truth Will Set You Free
  7. Trevor Carty – Colombia To Cortado – The Journey Of Your Coffee From Bean To Cup
  8. Ursula Botha – Lessons and Luck On Luxury Yachts
  9. Gill Lindsell – Bulletproof – A Story Of Resilence
  10. Gary Tintinger – Sh*T My Brain Does
10 world class speakers presented at PechaKucha Johannesburg on 9 November 2023.

From Left to Right: Gill, Martin Mookho, Ursula, Tivania, Jean, Marlette (Molly), Ian, Trevor, Gary.
I’m kneeling in the front.

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What Is PechaKucha?
PechaKucha is a global storytelling platform that celebrates people, passion, and creative thought.
Our speakers share ideas and connect with others visually, concisely and memorably. We are redefining authentic human connectivity through inclusive social engagement and technology.Join us for an evening of brilliant presentations, networking, fine dining, building friendships and having fun.

How Does It Work?

The PechaKucha 20×20 presentation format is a slide show of 20 images, each auto-advancing after 20 seconds. It’s non-stop and you’ve got 400 seconds (6m40s) to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way.

PechaKucha was created in Japan in 2003 by renowned architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. The word “PechaKucha” is Japanese for “chit chat.”

Check out presentations from our last event here.

The presentation format is based on a simple idea: 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each whilst the presenter talks you through it.

It is a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things interesting.

It forces people to reduce, to clear their minds and think about what is relevant.

It is amazing how much you can put across in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

The casual atmosphere of the event makes it easy to socialise naturally.

You can speak to any presenter during the beer break and say: “That was fantastic, I love what you do!” – and start a conversation from there.

PechaKucha drags you into a live situation with atmosphere, energy and real human interaction.

The speakers will inspire you as they share their passions, their creativity, their achievements, just about anything really…

PechaKucha Nights have already expanded to more than 1299 cities worldwide. It has gathered over 200,000 presentations on its website.

Yoke Van Dam

One of our past PechaKucha speakers and a true PechaKucha fan. Check out her presentation, All Hikes Are Not Created Equal.

Yoke van Dam is a past speaker at PechaKucha Johannesburg.

Great speakers aren’t born, they rehearse.

Last night I was treated by the incredible calibre of speakers at PechaKucha Johannesburg.

When you speak for 7 min, and have 20 slides rotating every 20 seconds, you need to do effort with your script, your pacing, and still make contact with the audience not making it sound like a staccato dance (stop and start).

I chatted to some of the speakers who said they prefer speaking without slides but this new medium forced them out of their comfort zone to try something new.

When last did you do something different in a presentation?

Enhance your presentation by utilising effective tools such as mind maps or cue cards. To enhance the visual aspect of your presentation, you might want to experiment with using props or creating visually captivating slides that can be displayed as a backdrop during a Zoom call.

How can you mix things up for yourself and not just do what you’ve always done.

Well done to Ian Bratt District 74 Champion (Southern Africa for Toastmasters International), who spoke on stage, even though he won this speech in a virtual set-up. I enjoyed seeing how the audience reacted to the different voices you used. It really strengthened your message.

Well done to Ursula Botha for transporting us to the French Riviera where you got lucky seeing the sunset and sunrise from the ocean feeling like Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!

Congrats to Mookho Mhlayivana for demonstrating why our neighbour’s garden is greener – because he takes care of it!

And Gary Tintinger for showing the wonders of the brain!

I was moved by Marlette De Jager’s stories of climbing mountains, losing friends and knowing what to care about.

Well done Jacques De Villiers for an epic event!!!

What is your core message?

How can you shake it up?

Can you do something different next time?

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Jean Archary

Jean Archary presented at PechaKucha Johannesburg on 9 November 2023.

So many things I want to say about last nite…so I’m going to post separately…don’t hate me…

Public speaking is hard enough as it is…sharing a message using the Pechakucha format (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) where your slides move automatically is by far the toughest talk I’ve done in my life.

Sharing a vulnerable message in front of family and friends is even tougher. Last night my biggest teacher and critic got to witness me on my stage for the first time…so even more pressure ????

Nolan Pillay aka the instigator, if it weren’t for you this would never have happened. So thank you for recommending us as speakers and pushing us out of our comfort zones.

The business world can be really competitive, and it’s not often that people will support you or freely recommend others for opportunities.

A huge thank you to you!

What an amazing platform to share our messages.

Martin Pelders

I’ve got to tell you that these events are amazing. If you’re in Jhb and you have a free evening, get to a PechaKucha event at The Tryst.

Dinner and drinks and 10 amazing speakers, Marlette De Jager Ursula Botha Tivania Moodley Gary Tintinger to mention a few of the incredibly talented individuals.

Gosh, this was an adrenaline rush.

I’m proud to say I shared a stage with some amazingly talented speakers, 2 of them Toastmasters champions.

Honoured, all of you

Thanks for the opportunity Jacques De Villiers and team

Gill Lindsell

I was one of 10 speakers at the PechaKucha event last night… just wow! I am amazed by these incredible individuals and their ability to overcome challenges, sharing their inspiring messages openly and bravely.

I salute every one of you, and thank you for having shared a stage with you.

Gill Lindsell gave a riveting performance on resilience at 9 November Johannesburg PechaKucha.

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