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You Can PechaKucha Too!

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In addition to our editors and guest speakers taking the stage at the CU Water Cooler Symposium in Kansas City this year, we'll once again be featuring a number of PechaKucha talks. PechaKucha 20x20 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. It's a very unique format that is challenging for the presenters and wildly entertaining for the audience.

See what I mean by watching this fantastic example by Ronaldo Hardy at last year's Symposium. 

I reached out to a few of last year's PechaKucha speakers and asked about their experience in Austin, Texas at the 2014 CU Water Cooler Symposium. Here's what they had to say.

Ronald Hardy, CEO at Shell Geismar Federal Credit Union

"I applied to speak because I felt like a had a story and perspective worth sharing with others. My goal was to inspire people to push beyond limitations so that they could achieve their dreams, and build a better credit union movement. The experience was amazing! Initially the format was very intimidating, and I wondered if I would be successful using it. I was surprised at how well it flowed, and how that format helped me to think through my presentation creatively. I actually found out how effective I could be in a short period of time. I am certain that it will also help me in developing future presentations."

Linda Bodie, Chief Innovator at Element Federal Credit Union

"I felt a desire to share a story. It was an important story and event that affected so many lives. But it was also a story of community and what we can do when we work together. I wanted to share so other people would know the impact of a simple action and how it can make a difference. The actual PechaKucha format was nuts! I was excited to share the story and to take on the challenge of the presentation style. In the end, it was very rewarding to share the Aquapocalypse story and our credit union and community response to that situation. And of course, it was lots of fun.

Jamila Draper, Consultant with Mirasu Consultancy Services

"Credit unions and the co-operative spirit are my passion and to be able to share our Caribbean experience with my colleagues in another part of the world was my way of being an ambassador for the cause. I believe that we can all learn from each other and by my sharing this information, I hoped that maybe someone who heard it may have been able to take something from our experiences and how we operate and apply it to their own situation. In one word, the experience was 'phenomenal!' The support that I received before my presentation, and the comments after were heart warming and I was indeed grateful. I arrived in Austin knowing two people at the conference, Tim McAlpine and Matt Davis. I left Austin with a bunch of new friends who welcomed me with open arms. I still talk about this experience and I am looking at how I can bring an experience like this to my colleagues here in the Caribbean."

Get involved

There are six PechaKucha speaking slots available for our attendees. If you are coming to the Symposium and think you've got something interesting to share, submit your idea today. We ask that your session be informative and fun and not a commercial for your services. The deadline to submit is July 15. You can enter here.


Tim McAlpine lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. He is the President and Creative Director of Currency Marketing, an integrated marketing agency specializing in helping credit unions attract the next generation of members. Tim is best known as the creator of Young & FreeIt's a Money Thing, and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. He is also a co-founder of the CU Water Cooler.