PD SELF PechaKucha

PechaKucha’s 20×20 presentation format shows your 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, you’ve got 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide.

This PechaKucha incorporates many of the self efficacy principles taught in PD SELF

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  1. Me – Hello, my name is Jud, sometimes also known as Juggling Jud,  and I am going to tell you why I learned to juggle, when I learned to juggle and how I learned to juggle. I am going to do most of my talking WHILE juggling (and dropping)
  2. Drop – Since I know that I can’t juggle for 6 minutes without dropping, I’ll get that out of the way first.  “That is why I stopped juggling kittens”, “Must have been a sudden gust of gravity.” Stay!”, “Whoa, I almost dropped one!”, “Just as I thought, it’s broken.”, “That’s never happened before.”,  “Don’t worry! I’ve got another one.” “Wanna see that again?”
  3. Socks – The story starts when one evening I saw a classmate in the hall of my college dormitory trying to juggle balled up socks.  I decided that I would try too. It was during exam week in the spring semester and I had a calculus exam the next morning,
  4. Calculus – I stayed up late into the night and early morning learning to juggle.  I figured that my chance of learning to juggle before morning was better than my chance of really understanding calculus before the test in the morning.  I think I made the right choice. I haven’t had much use for calculus in my life, but here I am juggling.
  5. Carlo –  Over the summer I got a book to help me learn.  Carlo, the author of the book, became my guru, it was in the 1970’s after all. Then, about 7 years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which, among other things, sometimes makes it difficult to talk and move at the same time. So, since  then, my goal has been to maintain my ability to juggle and to teach what I learned while learning to juggle to others when I can. 
  6. Hobbs – I don’t expect that you will learn to  juggle by the end of this presentation, but maybe you will recognize some of the lessons I learned as lessons that can be applied to your life. 
  7. Fear – Before you can juggle you have to face and conquer your fear….of dropping…of looking foolish, of what people will say, of spiders that can eat a frog.  Change your fear to an attitude of belief that you can and you will do it. (I’m still afraid of spiders that can eat a frog)
  8. Relax – After you conquer fear, try to relax.  Breath. Breath in for 4, Hold for 4, Breath out for 4. Hold for 4,
  9.  One ball – I could tell you that to juggle you just throw three balls into the air and catch them before they hit the ground, but you will not be able to juggle 3 balls before you accomplish smaller goals.   Start with one ball.
  10. Goals – Make SMART goals.  I’ll throw and catch one ball 5 times and stop, I can measure that, that isn’t too hard, it is part of the larger goal to juggle 3, and in a day or two I should be able to accomplish it.
  11. Plateaus and pitfalls, detours and downturns – Don’t be discouraged if progress toward your goal isn’t a straight line.  It is normal to have plateaus and pot holes, detours and downturns. Reframe negative thoughts with a positive spin. You will need resilience, tenacity and perseverance to reach your goal.
  12. Freeze on dropping – Mistakes are learning opportunities.  When you drop the ball, and you will, freeze and examine what went wrong.  Where are your hands? Where is your body? Where is the ball? By the way, according to WikiPedia, this illustration is a frieze found in an Egyptian tomb. Juggling is an ancient art.
  13. Visualize success – Have you seen the ski racer at the top of the run close their eyes and imagine going down the hill with perfect form?  Use all of your senses to visualize success. Practicing in your mind works.
  14. Practice with a friend. – Partner juggling requires communication and respect.  Adapt to your partner’s style and timing. Make your partner look good.  Throw the ball TO your partner, not AT them. 
  15. Meditate – Juggling can be a form of meditation. It clears your mind. While juggling for a few minutes a day, I reflect on having gratitude for all the good things in my life.
  16. Teach – I was a closet juggler until I made my performance debut juggling at my daughter’s three-year-old birthday party.  A three-year-old has never seen a better juggler. Carlo says “Teaching requires re-examining everything you have learned”  These are two of my current students. My grandsons. 
  17. Juggle 5? – When people see me juggling, they often ask “Can you juggle 5 balls?”  Can you juggle flaming chainsaws? What is the point? Have realistic optimism. 
  18. Juggle 8? – I could spend years learning 5 and then get the question “Can you juggle 6?” I moved straight to juggling 8.  (or is this 16 or 24?)
  19. Claw – This is a claw.  I now practice for five minutes a day and track my health by the number of claws I can do. I try to do at least 16.
  20. Celebrate success – Write down your success and put it where you can see it. Share it with others. Cheer for yourself.  Thank everyone who supported you. Thank you all for listening.