Sweet Purpose of Being

 
 Thyme & Caramel speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Ubud

Sweet Life of Purpose was the title of my presentation I gave at Hubud’s Pecha Kucha Night Ubud last Tuesday at BetelNut Ubud.

In celebration of Indonesia’s Independence day this August, Hubud Bali decided to do an ‘All Star Indonesian’ theme for the first time at the Pecha Kucha Night Ubud Vol. 33. I had the honor to be one of the speakers at this event along with other inspiring Indonesian Speakers who came from different backgrounds. Even though, it was their first time having all Indonesian speakers, it broke the record of more than 300 attendees on this Pecha Kucha talk! How cool was that!

Pecha Kucha is a very fun and interesting format of presentation originating from Japan, where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images which is in total I had 6 minute and 40 seconds to deliver my message.

My talk was based on an ancient Japanese philosophy of life called ‘IKIGAI’. Ikigai literally means ‘The reason for being’ which is formed by four primary elements:

  • What you love (Passion)
  • What the world needs (Mission)

  • What your call is (Vocation)

  • What you can get paid for (Profession)

IKIGAI is that space in the centre of these four elements, it’s the source of value or what makes a person’s life truly worthwhile. It’s like a guideline for us, so we can walk our own paths of happiness.

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I want to encourage young people to use their creativity in the right place to make the world a little bit better.

I love this concept as it very much explains the values we should consider when starting up, or simply running a business. I believe that without one or the other element, no balance will be found. In addition, I also implement my four pillars of value which is Responsibility, Dedication, Commitment and Discipline in running my business. I believe that by simply practicing these values in our daily lives, we can build a more responsible and meaningful life.

My intention for my presentation was to encourage young people, especially those who are fortunate enough to get an education to feel empowered and inspired to use their creativity in the right place to make the world a little bit better.

It was my first time doing a presentation like this and I absolutely had a lot of fun preparing for my talk. It took me about a month to get my script and myself ready for the night. I gotta admit that it was very difficult to fit my message in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, let alone with automatic slides. But at the end, I managed to shorten my words and make them simpler, but still impactful.

I have to say, I was nervous at first as it’s actually been awhile since the last time I was on stage in front of hundreds. I missed this place where I can focus and express my words, a lonely yet powerful place to be. I’ve always liked the stage and especially enjoy it more now, knowing that I have a message I would like to share with the crowd. All in all, I felt really grateful and satisfied for that night, especially with the positive responses that are coming in after that.

You can check out my full presentation at Hubud’s Youtube channel or here:

P.s. I will be sharing my next presentation at the Bali Vegan Festival, and will hold a small workshop for kids. See you there! :)

xxx,

Arielle