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31 MAR


We're Back, And We're Breaking All The Rules!

The next San Jose Pecha Kucha Night will be on March 31st! We’re back at our favorite venue: Café Stritch in Downtown San Jose.

It’s been a while since our last show, and I wanted to do something special for this one. And maybe something special for you.

Ever since I started coaching folks in the art of Pecha Kucha, there’s been a constant question about the format. It’s understood that the 20 slides, each advancing after 20 seconds, is the basis of PK. But there’s always a presenter or two who wants to do theirs slightly differently. They want to use animation; they need a slide to go a bit longer than 20 seconds; they need one more slide (or five more slides)…

And we’ve bent the rules a few times on request. But we’ve never just opened it up to everyone.

Until now.

The theme of the next Pecha Kucha San Jose event is Break One Rule. In fact, it’s really more like “there's only one rule you can’t break.” Every presenter must be finished in the standard six minutes and forty seconds. Aside from that, we’re loosening things up and seeing how it goes.

There are a few other changes this time, mostly having to do with the venue and seating. We will be offering reserved seating. Certainly the presenters will be able to avail themselves of this, but we’ll open it up to patrons/audience members so they can be sure to get a good seat. Presenters and their guests will be given priority here. More on that when I announce it publicly.

In the meantime, I’m opening the even up to you. If you’d like to try out Pecha Kucha, this is a great time to try it out.

So let me know. Let’s get you up in front of the San Jose audience. Or if you can’t do that, let’s see you in the audience. And if you just want to drop me a line, I’m excited to hear from you all.

Ric Bretschneider 
Founder, San Jose Pecha Kucha Night



End of 2013 - Updates/Announcements


End of 2013 - Updates/Announcements


First, thanks to everyone who came to our show this week. We had an incredible turn-out for any show, but to combine that with the audacity of holding it on Thanksgiving week (some said we were cRazY!) made the capacity crowd at Cafe Stritch all that much more satisfying.Second, thanks to our amazing presenters who brought it Tuesday night.Third, thanks once again to Steve and Max Borgenhagen of Cafe Stritch for once again making us feel at home in their awesome club. If you don't know Stritch yet, you're missing out. Go there for great jazz, great people, and a really cool place to hang out.OK, now the big announcements:Our next show will be on February 25th at Cafe Stritch! We've got two presenters anxious to participate already, so if you're interested, get in touch!Shortly after that, we'll be doing another special show in conjunction with the San Jose Museum of Art. That's already booked with presenters who are relevant to the exhibition on food (don't worry, I'll come up with the actual name shortly.) Our prior event at SJMoA was a really cool event with some great speakers, and museums make for neat places to hold Pecha Kucha so you'll want to mark your calendars now for Thursday, March 20th. Details will be forthcoming in December.Finally, we'll be pulling together videos from this week's event sometime next week. Again, watch our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PechaKuchaSanJose for more details.




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  • Ric Bretschneider

    Ric Bretschneider is a technologist, trouble maker, and problem solver whose interests outstretch his available time by a significant magnitude. Professionally he splits his time between a love of software design and development, and attempting to raise the quality of business communications, particularly presenting. At Microsoft, Ric spent 17 years designing and molding the program that became a juggernaut in business communication. The list of features he worked on while there is really too long to list here. He tried to give PowerPoint a face and voice by creating the Microsoft PowerPoint Team blog. Years after leaving MSFT he still has more entries there than any other blogger. In his spare time Ric founded the San Jose California branch of the Pecha Kucha presentation event, and can occasionally be heard on his Presentations Roundtable podcast, promoting excellence in design and technique through interviews of industry professionals. He blogs infrequently, only when he feels there's something he can say that actually contributes to insights or solutions. He deeply wishes more people had similar restraint.

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