Just before Christmas I met Ivor Tychak at a party at Temple Works in Leeds.
I got talking to Ivor about an idea I'd always wanted to do which was along the lines of Pecha Kucha short presentations 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Ivor had wanted to do the same but, at the time, there didn't seem anywhere doing this, at least in Leeds.
So I decided to do something I've not done before and just get on with it and organise something. As Ivor had been a catalyst for me I asked if he would like to do it with me (Ivor if you're reading this, forgive me if that's not quite right).
We arranged a meeting at Temple Works and they gave us their blessing to get on with it. That's where the scary bit came in. I'd not not only had an idea (with help) but I'd stuck my neck out and started something. People now knew something was happening we had a 60 person limit which we wanted to fill and speakers to find to. Oh and equipment, oh and insurance!
There was another issue, mainly that Pecha Kucha was already in Leeds and they don't allow more than one per city. So we came up with Bettakultcha. Hopefully catchy (and a little like Pecha Kucha, but not quite).
Next stop was the Bettakultcha Blog, Bettakultcha Twitter feed and a way of controlling tickets we used Event Bright.
Well just over one month later, Bettakultcha is tomorrow night at Temple Works. We've sold all 60 tickets and now have 10 presenters (after both numbers going up and down quite a few times). I also now have more grey hair than when I started.
But what I'm most pleased about is I've started something and as of about 9.00pm tomorrow will have finished it.
I guess what I getting at is that whatever you want to do, the only thing stopping you, is you.
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