Pecha-Kucha Style Presentations Rock!

Yesterday I took part in the Pecha-Kucha Night event in my local city where I talked about Passion in business... in just 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide in the pecha-kucha format. It was my second time delivering pecha-kucha and I loved it!
What are the benefits of this format?

1) The speaker has to be prepared

The speaker has only 20 slides and only 20 second per slide and he's not controlling when the slides change... it's all automatic. This forces the speaker to prepare the presentation thoroughly and the audience get a better show than ever.

If the speaker is not prepared, at least he sucks for only 6 minutes and than he's gone off the stage, so the audience doesn't have to endure a boring speaker for too long.

2) Straight and to the point! Audience is focused!

Again, only 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide - the presentation has to be straight and to the point. There's no time for beating around the bush. The point has to be clear and the audience will capture it directly.

Because the presentation is so quick, audience is not bored and is focused on the speaker and the message entire time - this gives a speaker a really great audience to talk to.

3) More time for Q&A

Questions and Answers are the best part of every presentation and after such an intense Pecha-Kucha, the audience has lots of questions to ask, which creates a great relationship between the audience and the speaker.

Q&A is also a great time for the audience to relax a little after the intensive presentation and they feel a lot more inclined to ask questions.

I think every tech conference, heck, every conference should adopt a Pecha-Kucha format.

I've been to many conferences and barcamp meetings and lots of times speakers suck. Sometimes they're not prepared, or they didn't have time to be prepared, or whatever... and it's a shame because audiences came to these conferences for them. They paid top dollar to be there (even if the conference is free, you have to find time, travel, etc.), but the worst part is that if the speaker sucks, the audience has to endure and listen to this sucking speech very often for a long time...

With pecha-kucha format, speakers need to be ready and if they are not, they only suck for 6 minutes and that's it. Maybe in Q&A they will shine a little better.

I believe this format would make every conference a lot better. I'll be trying to deliver my presentations now in this format as well. It's great and very effective.

Getting Great Presentations Done with Pecha Kucha? :-)

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2010 (business,keynote,presentations)

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Karol Zielinski
Aug 23, 2010 09:28
Great idea! Where was this event / presentation?
Michael Sliwinski
Aug 24, 2010 12:26
The local pecha-kucha events are all over the planet. I found them through Facebook and wanted to give it a shot in front of a new type of audience (not tech-savvy, but more design-like).

Karol, this one was called "Pecha Kucha Night Warsaw" - check it out. Next event is coming soon (but I won't be speaking anymore - once is enough on the same event :-)

Guido Jansen
Jul 25, 2011 10:06
Pecha-Kucha might be a nice system to introduce at our Meet Magento events in The Netherlands. Seems interesting!

How much time is scheduled for Q&A and how much time was there between presentations?

Michael Sliwinski
Jul 25, 2011 10:19
The idea of pecha-kucha is that the presentation is short and you can set time for Q&A or just let it roll and see how many questions show up from the audience. The idea is this - intensive presentation that keeps both the speaker and the audience engaged. After one of my pecha-kuchas I had like 15min of Q&A and it was the best part! :-) Good luck Guido and make sure to follow through with this idea. I still love the pecha-kucha :-)