WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

PECHA KUCHA?

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. To know more, see Ted talk on Pecha Kucha by the founders Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein.

 

PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

Source: Pecha Kucha

  1. Your final presentation must include 20 images. Notice that we say "images" and not "slides." Successful PKN presentations usually have images that complement what the speaker is saying and not a bunch of bullets and text on the slide.

  2. Each image will be displayed for exactly 20 seconds. The images automatically progress during the presentation. Speakers have no control over the advancement of the slides.

  3. Tell a story. The best presentations are often good stories instead of just a bunch of facts or portfolio pieces strung together. Take the audience on a journey (albeit a short one) that has an intro, development, and conclusion. Think about how your story will combine with the images you've chosen to solidify your message and give the audience a rich experience. Be sure to share with the audience why your presentation topic is important to you and why they should care about it too.

  4. Decide what is most the important thing you want your audience remember. If the audience could remember just one thing from your presentation, what would you want that to be? Once you figure that out, your talking points and images will revolve around that theme.

  5. Use powerful, relevant images. The images you choose should reinforce your ideas. Make sure your images are high quality and that you have permission to use them.

  6. Don’t cram too much into your presentation. Even though Pecha Kucha/20x20 presentations are always exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 images, 20 seconds each), presenters often try to cram too much information into that short window and then have to talk rapidly to fit everything in. Less is more. Carefully edit out anything that isn’t vital to some aspect of your piece. Keep your presentation simple, limited to a single theme/topic, and tell us a story.

  7. Practice, practice, practice prior to being presented to make sure that timing, content, and images all flow well together.

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