I attended my first Pecha Kucha last night.
The phrase ‘Pecha Kucha’ is one of those delightful Japanese phrases that are onomatopoeia; in this case pechakucha is the sound for ‘chit-chat’. For those unfamiliar, the concept is: a presenter get twenty slides, twenty seconds per slide, to present an idea to the audience. It was a surprisingly effective way to get your point across, when the idea was simple and there was a clear call to action or purpose.
I walked away with these tips for anyone looking to present at Pecha Kucha:
Start your presentation off clearly stating what the point of your presentation is
Don’t try to cram in too many words per slide (20 second interval)
Dead air as you wait for your slide show to catch up to your speech is awkward for everybody involved; say something! Anything!
If you can work humour in, do it! The audience loves to laugh
Stay focused on your point; Repeat your point now and then
End with your point or a call to action
Pecha Kucha isn’t your typical presentation. There is an art to paring your thoughts down to a simple concept that can be presented in increments of twenty seconds with a matching image.
It was an enjoyable way to spend the evening and I may have to attempt a presentation at Pecha Kucha sometime in the future; after I practice.