Monday, June 22, 2009

How To Design The Perfect 6 Minute And 40 Second Presentation

I stumbled upon this concept called the Pecha Kucha. A presentation format the puts some particular demands on the presentors.
Pecha Kucha, the Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("chit chat") began in Tokyo, back in 2003. Conceived by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, their original goal was to create a space where designers could share their ideas/passions with others.

However, knowing how dangerous it is to give a designer a microphone... they decided to put some checks in place. In order to prevent speakers from droning on and on, the Pecha Kucha format has restrictions: namely, 20 slides, on display for 20 seconds each. Because of this constraint every single Pecha Kucha presentation, regardless of speaker or topic, is exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length.

So how does one make this happen? Is there a guide to creating such a presentation? I stumbled upon Felix Jung's blog called: He describes the process he used, which we should all pay attention to. His solution follows some key points and then goes further in detail:
  • Picking Your Passion
  • Notecards and Paper Clips
  • Capturing Ideas
  • Grouping Cards Into Sets
  • It's About Removing Content, NOT Adding
  • Sequential Doesn't Mean Linear
For more insight into the steps, click here...


Jeff said...

I went to the first Pecha Kucha in San Diego a few months back before moving to Durango. The focus was on architecture and urban development, two subjects I'm not particularily interested int, but the format made them interesting and easy to follow along with.

My fiance gave a presentation on using non-traditional spaces for displaying art, something I think Durango would benefit from.

walkert said...

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing... Perhaps I'm hearing a DGO Pecha Kucha???