Death by Powerpoint
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! I’ve been to see a couple of Pecha Kucha nights now, and they’ve been a blast! It’s certainly been taken up globally – a quick Google search shows Pecha Kucha groups all over the world!
If you get a chance, I’d encourage you to attend a local Pecha Kucha night – you’ll enjoy it!