PECHA KUCHA : The State of the Art Presentation Technique

PECHA KUCHA

Peach ketchup? What? No, it is “Petch-aa Koo-chaa”. 

The Pecha Kucha is a presentation style that has revolutionized the way in which presentations are done today. 

Presentations, whilst fairly common, are something a lot of us struggle with by not knowing how to go about them. Moreover, preparing for one can be daunting and nerve-racking.

 But this can be avoided if you present it in the Pecha Kucha style.

WHAT IS THE PECHA KUCHA STYLE?

The Pecha Kucha style is the technique of presenting 20 slides using images, with commentary on each one for 20 seconds. So, the overall time taken for a Pecha Kucha presentation will be 20*20 = 6 mins 40 secs.

This technique was originally started by two architects in 2003, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, in Tokyo, Japan. Hence, the kawaii name Pecha Kucha, which means “chit-chat”.

It is stated that the architects came up with this technique because they wanted to take a “More show. Less tell.” approach to presentations. And thanks to them, we now don’t have to sit through hour-long presentations with innumerous slides, phew!

WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO THIS STYLE

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” 

The Pecha Kucha style helps you stay clear, brief, and to the point. It keeps you organized with a clear mental picture of how to proceed. 

And due to the extensive use of images, the Pecha Kucha style is visually appealing to the audience and makes them pay attention.

Often, people who find themselves rambling and doing ad-lib presentations benefit from this technique because it forces them to prepare in advance.

On applying this style, straying off-topic, and repetition can also be avoided, resulting in better focus and a more wholesome presentation. 

PECHA KUCHA TIPS:

  • Limit yourself to 20 slides
  • Don’t spend more than 20 seconds on a slide (6 min 40 secs)
  • Prepare in advance
  • Include images, bold, highlights, italics and other visual cues
  • Be brief and concise
  • Make your point

The Pecha Kucha is practically a godsend for honing your presentation skills and reaching out to your audience. You will be able to have their unwavering attention if you follow this style.

The 6 mins 40 secs ascertains that they won’t lose interest either. 

So, try the Pecha Kucha and I betcha you’ll love it so mucha!!