PechaKucha – A brilliant presentation technique

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I am spending the weekend with the Change Leaders Community of Practice at Oxford University, a group we founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the Oxford/HEC “Consulting & Coaching For Change” Masters program.

There are many interesting things going on, although I was asked to do my first ever PechaKucha presentation as part of a group experiment.

From the website:

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

I found it fascinating.

Telling a story, with a fixed time frame and using only pictures on screen was powerful. You do need to know what you are trying to say, and match the graphics in the simplest but most dramatic way possible. But it is quite a ride, both for the presenter and the audience.

Added benefit – no more boring people by reading the slides, bullet point by bullet point …

I could see the standard 6min 40sec format as a kind of one-off story or “taster” for something bigger. But it could equally be set up as a series of separate 20x20s on a common theme to build audience interest and participation.

If you haven’t tried it, thoroughly recommended 😉