Everyone dreads walking into a presentation only to find a presenter standing in front of a stale PowerPoint presentation. Lengthy lists of bullet points, tired transitions, and bad clip art are no way to engage an audience.
Fortunately, there’s a sleek and simple alternative that focuses on storytelling and conveying only the most important information. Pecha Kucha was developed in 2003 in Tokyo, Japan, and has since proven to be an excellent way to engage audiences with powerful and to-the-point presentations.
The format is simple – the presenter casually speaks while displaying 20 images for 20 seconds each. The entire presentation is a mere 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length.
Unlike traditional slide presentations, the focus of Pecha Kucha is on the presenter, not the words appearing on the screen. In his guide to making a Pecha Kucha, blogger Felix Jung, warns, “The more words on your slide, the more time the audience will spend reading (and not paying attention to you).”
PechaKucha.org explains, “Good Pecha Kucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected — unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some Pecha Kuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different.”
If you’re looking for a fresh way to connect and engage with an audience, then Pecha Kucha may be for you. It combines the art of storytelling with the objectives of a sales pitch or informational meeting. The result is a memorable and meaningful experience for the audience.