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11 December 2009

PechaKucha

Frank Curkovic, an art teacher at the International School in Yokahama, writes in his blog about one of his 6th grade students, Kaden. Kaden presented a PechaKucha in Tokyo before a large audience, describing how his art has evolved since 2nd grade.

PechaKucha is a format that allows 20 seconds for each of 20 slides.
"PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace". (link).


 Watch and listen to his presentation here full size on the PechaKucha web page.


kaden presentation



I think PechaKucha is a very interesting format through which to learn presentation skills.  It's fun to learn PowerPoint and Keynote - there are lots of animations, colors, templates, etc. to experiment with.  But they can't all go in one presentation!

And there's lots to learn about good presenting: who is your audience?  how will your slides be seen? what's your overall message? etc. But you can't waffle on and on....your audience will fall asleep and forget that you were ever there.

The PechaKucha forces you to think hard about your slides, and refine your thoughts until they fit the format.

Kaden has done a remarkable thing in his presentation - he has managed to slim down 5 years of creativity to fit on 20 slides and about 6 minutes. He gets his audience interested in his talent and development, and leaves us enthusiastic, and curious, and eager to learn more.