Pecha Kucha is spreading around the world like wildfire. No wonder! It is a great idea and an antidote to presentations causing death by PowerPoint. Here's how Pecha Kucha (Japanese for "the sound of conversation") works. Presenters each get 20 slides and each slide can only be up for 20 seconds. So each presenter is able to talk for six minutes and 40 seconds. Nice way to ramp up conciseness and organization.
I love this idea to pieces. . . .
If you are really and truly having a meeting to discuss something, then the Pecha Kucha approach is brilliant. 20 slides, 20 seconds each. Then the PPT gets turned off.
Click here to see Dan Pink's example of Pecha Kucha. Read Pink's Wired article "Pecha Kucha: Get to the PowerPoint in 20 Slides Then Sit the Hell Down" for more about the process, including its origin.
Anyone out there using Pecha Kucha? I bet it saves time—and reduces boredom and irritation. And I imagine that getting good at this technique would improve all your presentations, not just those in the PK format. Can you imagine a firm where many meetings used PK?
I can think of several loquacious people (yes, some are lawyers) to whom I would like to say, "Would you please go Pecha Kucha that and get back to me?"
Hat tip to MovingFromMeToWe.
Note (added February 3, 2010): Good and comprehensive blog post: Pecha Kucha - the future of presenting papers? (antropologi.info). Excerpt:
It was the first time ever I was totally focused on all the presentations during the whole session:
1) because of the REAL time limit,
2) because of the power point presentations NOT being a text,
3) because of the lack of WRITTEN style of the presentation, the oral style is almost required in this format and in a way natural,
4) because of the lack of word overflow - presentations really to the point,
5) because of the time left for the discussion (real or potential, but still, there is time for that).