Forum for Tomorrow

I am on the committee for the West Midlands Forum for Tomorrow (FFT), the younger sibling of the Forum for the Built Environment (FBE). We are a networking group for emerging professionals working within the built environment and like to think of ourselves as a little more outgoing and forward thinking with our events than the FBE. As such, I am introducing the group to Pecha Kucha at the next breakfast on 14th May at the Radisson SAS in Birmingham.

I’ll admit, they’re a sceptical bunch (very sceptical!) and I’m scrabbling around for as much support as possible. The way i’m pitching the idea is that it’s the perfect opportunity for less experienced professionals to try their hand at presenting. Here’s how we pitched it on the flyer:

We’ve all suffered death by Powerpoint, dropping off to sleep while the speaker drones on and on. It’s time to ring the changes – would you like to attend a networking breakfast and leave feeling inspired and uplifted? Would you like the opportunity to speak about your company, yourself, or perhaps a subject that you’re passionate about? Can you rise to the challenge of keeping it short and sweet? Would you benefi t from getting some experience of presenting to an audience?

This will be an informal, creative and fun event based on Pecha Kucha – a Japanese idea where young people meet to network and show their work in public. The format of presentations ensure that they are kept short, snappy and interesting. Anyone is welcome to present but you must follow some strict rules! Each presentation must be 20 slides long and each slide will be timed to show for 20 seconds before moving onto the next. Speakers will not be able to control the speed of the slides which makes for a fast-paced presentation that’s often a lot of fun! In terms of subject matter, it’s up to you. Anything goes!

If you don’t fancy presenting, come along, watch the fun and games, and learn a little more about your fellow networkers. We plan to cram 5 presentations into the time allowed so spaces for presenters are limited. If you would like to present, please contact Lorna Parsons: phone 0121 233 1818 or email. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to present.

For full information and booking, go to the FBE website. Priced at £15 for members and £18 for non-members, as a networking opportunity with an excellent breakfast, frankly, it’s a bargain.

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