Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Present better, faster with Pecha Kucha

If you had less than seven minutes to give a presentation, what would you do? How about exactly six minutes and 40 seconds?

The answer - Pecha Kucha.

Pecha Kucha, from the Japanese word for “chatter,” is a new presentation style limiting time to six minutes and 40 seconds. The presentation is made of 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds at a time.

Six minutes, 40 seconds, 20 slides. That’s it.

Pecha Kucha’s 20x20 format is aimed at keeping presentations concise, hanging onto audience attention and allowing as many people to present as possible. With presenters getting to the point faster, there’s more time left for discussion.

Ever since it was developed in 2003, the format has been replicated in over 80 cities across every continent. If Pecha Kucha keeps growing the way it has, we may never have to worry about “Death by PowerPoint” again.

The technique began in the architecture and design field, but has been making its way into the worlds of business and education. Just search YouTube for “Pecha Kucha” and you’ll find hundreds of videos demonstrating how the presentation technique works.

Give it a try at your next training event or make it a challenge around the office to see who can hold the best meeting with the best Pecha Kucha presentation.

Could you imagine what the workplace would be like if we all only had six minutes and 40 seconds to hold a presentation?

1 comment:

HR Minion said...

What a neat idea! I approve! A huge pet peeve of my are long presentations or one's where the presenter just reads off the slides. I will have to try this now.

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