Hello and welcome, I am Bobbi Bilnoski. I will be presenting a speedy presentation on speedy presentations – a method called Pecha Kucha. [pe-chak-cha] Let’s practice that word together right now – [pe-chak-cha] [pe-chak-cha] [pe-chak-cha] or in Texan . . . Pecha Kucha! The word means “chit-chat” or the sound of conversation in Japanese.
It was invented in 2003 by Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, two Tokyo architects who have turned PowerPoint into both art form and competitive sport. They invented it to help revive a struggling performance space they owned. The first presentations were such a hit that they began hosting monthly [pe-chak-cha] events, boozy affairs at which Tokyo architects and designers showcased their offerings to crowds of hundreds.
They not only invented Pecha Kucha, they patented the formula! Their innovation applies a simple set of rules to presentations The Pecha Kucha Formula: 20x20=6:40 20 slides 20 seconds per slide Auto advancing slides Say what you need to say in six minutes and 40 seconds of exquisitely matched words and images and then sit down and shut up and let people discuss your ideas. That's it!
Think of Pecha Kucha as an elevator speech with pictures! Here is a picture of a typical Pecha-Kucha night. The rules of Pecha Kucha have a liberating effect. Presentations are more like poetry – communicating a clear message or invoking a feeling, in as few words as possible. Isn’t that a skill that all LEADERS continuously need to work on?
There are pecha-kucha nights in over 95 countries and 250 cities around the world, from Amsterdam and Atlanta to San Francisco and Shanghai. It’s spreading like a virus around the world! This worldwide phenomenon is remarkable considering that no money has been spent on advertising this concept.
If you want to organize an event yourself, you can post your event on www.pecha-kucha.org website and get even more exposure for your ideas. Right here in Dallas . . . On Thursday, August 12, at the Kessler Theater, the Dallas Spark Club will stare failure right in the face and invite it out for a drink. 15 different social entrepreneurs from all around the world will share stories of failures and their lessons learned. What a great learning event!
So pecha-kucha presentations . . . What is the topic – the interesting thing is that it can be literally any topic! A typical pecha-kucha night includes between 8 and 15 presentations on a variety of topics. Typically, the presentations are given one after another, with no discussion in between. When all presentations are over – the dialogue and networking begins. Pecha Kucha Events are the modern day “salons of yesteryear&quot; an eclectic mix of &quot;parties with a purpose,&quot; where like-minded people share their passions in an intimate atmosphere featuring great food, spirited conversations, and sensational experiences. My, thought sounds inviting! I’d say YES to an invitation like that.
For three years straight, a group called Maniac-tive has been tracking the term &quot;Death by PowerPoint“ on Google. She wanted to see how many pages the big G will deliver for this tired cliche.
In 2006, Google delivered 55,000 page s that mentioned this popular phrase. In 2007, there was an increase of almost 50% to 82,400 . In 2008, we see a four fold increase: to 366,000 . In 2009 there were 799,000 pages found, and In 2010, so far we are at 990,000 pages , almost 1 Million pages referring to “Death by PowerPoint!” Clearly, Death by PowerPoint is on the increase. In spite of a new and improved version of PowerPoint (2007) and the popularity on the topic of presentation design and delivery – What will bring an end to the carnage?
If you REALLY want to be like the cow in this picture -- outstanding in your field – then “ Be interesting, or be invisible.”
So what is the problem? PowerPoint presentations can bore people to DEATH! And if presented after lunch . . . Will put people to sleep. Like kindergarteners at nap time. But without graham crackers and milk! How many of YOU have fallen asleep to a PowerPoint presentation?
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Keep the interest level up DON”T bore your audience to death! Present your ideas with IMPACT! A picture is worth a thousand words! Let’s take a look at the next two slides . . .
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Public speaking is a bit like jazz. Every event is a unique blend of those present, never to be repeated again. . . Often times presentations are so overwhelming with written information the spoken information is lost in the crossfire. To make good presentations we need to think like designers. When preparing slides, remember the visual sense is dominant.
Use pictures, color, contrast, and simplicity to communicate your message. The audience is either going to read your slides or listen to you, NOT BOTH . People have a hard time listening and reading. If we put too many words on our slides, they'll be reading, and we want them listening . Each slide should convey one idea . . . and one idea only. We should think about our presentation as a movie, with each slide being a scene. Stories are an incredibly important part of presenting; people will remember stories, not data. As John Maeda states, &quot;simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.“ So how do we start thinking like a designer? Surround yourselves with beautiful things, reading books about design, view great photography, and visit art galleries. What a concept – a better work life balance would make us better communicators! I think we are onto something here!
PK allows you to present an amazing and unpredictable array of different concepts in a very short period of time. Just imagine a team meeting where a challenging issue is defined, then team members come together with their twenty slides. A team of 6 could all present their ideas or solutions in a total of 38.4 minutes, then start discussion to weave their ideas into a consensus on how to proceed. In this fast paced world, people are incredible at “getting the message” quickly. And in that rush, we often forget to STOP and LISTEN and CONSIDER the opinions of others. Of course it doesn’t make it any easier that “others” often have a hard time communicating a compelling, clear, and concise message! And remember . . . They will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel!
So what’s the point? EDU-TAIN your audience and it will STICK! FOCUS your message. EDUCATE and ENTERTAIN your audience.
Remember The Pecha Kucha Formula: 20x20=6:40 20 slides 20 seconds per slide Auto advancing slides That's it. Say what you need to say in six minutes and 40 seconds of exquisitely matched words and images and then sit down and shut up and let people discuss your ideas.
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Pecha Kucha = [pe-chak-cha] = the sound of conversation Pecha Kucha
People tend to put every word they say on their powerpoint slides. Be it for the sake of actually saying everything they want to say or because this eliminates the need to memorize their talk, ultimately this makes slides crowded, wordy and BORING and you will lose the attention of your audience. So . . .