Pecha Kucha

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What in the world is a Pecha Kucha?  How do you even pronounce it?  And when, where, and why would you ever use such a thing?

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The phrase “Pecha Kucha” is Japanese for “chit chat,” and the Pecha Kucha style of presentation was developed by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham.  You could probably guess from its Japanese name that the very first Pecha Kucha was hosted in Tokyo in February 2003, and since that time, Pecha Kucha has flourished in 230 cities all over the world.

So what in the world is it?

The Pecha Kucha style is quite simple.  Each presenter has 20 slides which run automatically for 20 seconds per slide.  In total, the presentation will be 6:40.

The popularity of Pecha Kucha lies in that people are horrible at staying within the time limit in presenting.  TED Commandment #10 says “Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee,” and yet, we can’t seem to follow that rule when we’re giving a speech or demonstration (Source).  The Pecha Kucha style allows for quick but powerful presentations that display the presenters’ work and keep the audience engaged.

Why use Pecha Kucha?

Use it to keep you on track time-wise.  Use it to keep your audience’s attention.  Use it because it’s fresh, new, and dynamic.

Click here to find a Pecha Kucha night in a city near you.

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