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Pecha-Kucha: Getting Your Point Across With Power

Posted by Plish on September 24, 2009

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I don’t think there are very many people that enjoy presentations, at least typical presentations. 

You know what I mean.  The ones where you walk into the conference room and see a stacked printout of what your senses are about to experience for the next 4 hours. 

Then there are the times when someone tells you about a great Slideshare presentation and you click on the link and see that it’s 83 slides long.  The first thing that goes through my mind is, “Who were the poor people who had to sit through this?” Then with all the strength I have I hit the arrow key to advance from slide #1 and begin the march through PowerPoint oblivion.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are amazing presenters that could make an 83 slide presentation interesting and engaging for two hours.  I just haven’t come across any.

Thankfully, there is a better way.

Enter Pecha Kucha.

Twenty Images  x  20 Seconds Each = Six Minutes and Forty Seconds.

That’s it.

The presenter has to distill her message down and the listeners are not forced to have to find valuable information buried in hours of presentations. 

By keeping presentations short and sweet, you can have multiple presentations, and most of all, you can have more time for discussion – which hopefully is why you’re in on the presentation in the first place.

Another reason why Pecha-Kucha is great is that it is an example of innovation and good design.  It’s a presentation trimmed down – all the fluff is blown off leaving the core behind.   The only downside (if it can even be called that) is that the presenter has to do more work.  As Mark Twain said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

In the end, that’s okay because each presentation is less of an exercise in endurance and more a work of art.

So give Pecha-Kucha a try.  I think you’ll find yourself sold on the concept.  If you’d like to see it in action, check on line to see if there’s a Pecha-Kucha Night near you.

You might never look at presentations in the same way again.

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