Japanese for ‘Chatter’ or the Sound of ‘Chit Chat’
Pron. “PEH-cha KOO-cha’’ or “peh-CHAK-cha’’
Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, two Tokyo-based architects who have turned
PowerPoint, into both art form and competitive sport.
The duo — Dytham is British, Klein Italian — invented pecha-kucha four years
ago to help revive a struggling performance space they owned.
Origin: How it all began?
What it is?
20 slides x 20 seconds =
6 minutes 40 seconds = Pecha Kucha
So how much can you say in 400 seconds?
Not much, so plan. practice. perfect
Choose a topic for which you have great
passion. "Think passion not portfolio“
Use note cards and paper clips to capture
and organize ideas.
Remember: "it's about removing, not
adding, content" in this phase.
"Just because your slides are in sequence,
it doesn't mean they have to be linear.”
Slide design tips
Use large images
Use as little text as possible
"The slide should be an addition to, not a
summary of, your ideas and concepts.”
"No more than four images per slide.”
Have a consistent look across the slides.
"Pecha Kucha isn't the same as any regular
speech... it's closer on the side of
Practice against a timed version.
Practice standing up.
Look at various points in the room, when
Add in silence, remove "filler" noises.
Remember: your slides can do a lot of your
talking for you.
At the Event
Get comfortable with the mic.
Try not to drink before you talk.
Volunteer to go early.
Remember: The crowd is on your side.
Go slow and steady (e.g., pauses are OK
before the next slide if you're done with
Make eye contact with audience.
Felix Jung's Pecha Kucha Tips
Five Presentation Tips by Olivia Mitchell
1. Have a theme:
If you’re an artist presenting think of yourself as
the curator of your slides – explain the ideas
that bind them together or show how your
ideas developed from one piece to the next.
2. Plan your outline before the slides:
Plan your rough outline first focused on your
Storyboard the slides to fit with the outline
Plan and carefully time what you’ll say for each
4. It’s better to finish earlier than later:
Many presenters overrun the 20 seconds for each slide.
That meant they were still talking about a slide after it
had left the screen. So prepare your narrative so that
you’re a little bit short of 20 seconds rather than a bit
3. Spend more than 20 seconds on a point:
There never is enough time to fully develop a point.
By contrast, sometimes develop a point over two to
threes slides. The set of slides would show different
perspectives of the same thing.
It’s a dance with a partner who you have no control
over. You need to have your side of the
choreography – the narrative – down pat.
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