Pecha Kucha

I’ve been to a number of presentations on various subjects this year, mostly from vendors/suppliers trying to sell me their product. Some have been good, some bad.

Some of the best presentations I’ve seen were lively, interactive events – the speaker enthused about the subject and his/her audience actively participating. One other presentation that I recall was completely the opposite though – the typical "Death by Powerpoint". You know the sort – presenter is monotonous in tone, presenting dozens and dozens of projected Powerpoint slides quoting statistics, the speaker seemingly more interested in telling you about how many awards the vendor has won rather than letting you know how their product can actually help you do business!

So it was with interest that I read about the phenomenon of "Pecha Kucha".

In a nutshell, Pecha Kucha is a method of giving a presentation in a concise snappy and fast moving manner. The "rules" state the presenter is allowed to present 20 slides, each being displayed for 20 seconds apiece. Total time for presentation = 6 minutes 40 seconds! No more, no less. All questions from the audience are to be taken at the end of a presentation.

I’ve yet to see an example of Pecha Kucha live, but the format sounds exciting! It’s certainly been taken up globally – a quick Google search shows Pecha Kucha groups all over the world!

I’d love to attend a Pecha Kucha presentation(s) in 2008 – subject matter irrelevant, I’m happy to view anyone’s 6 minutes 40 seconds on just about any topic at all! If you know of an event in the West Midlands – leave a comment below!


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