PECHA KUCHA PRESENTATION
TIPS AND STRATEGIES1
1. Choose a theme
The theme is about your passion: teaching, students, family, pets, sports, travel. If you can share your passion in a compelling way, you can tell it in Pecha Kucha format!
2. Tell a story
Don’t just describe what’s on the screen, reveal your thought process, your mistakes and your epiphanies. Male the audience care about you and your passion.
Take your time in crafting your presentation.
Completing the slides doesn’t mean you are ready to present them. Even twenty seconds can feel endless for you and the audience if you don’t know the material. Rehearse until you feel a rhythm taking over and the initial stiffness melt away.
Recruit a guinea pig audience. A friend is good, a stranger is even better. (note: your pet guinea pig is not acceptable)
4. Stand up.
Pay attention to your body language and the tone of your voice. Do you look slouchy, stiff, bored?
Try to imagine yourself in the audience. Would you enjoy the presentation? If not, trim, tweak, project, whatever it takes to get you excited about your own work.
1. The First Word
Without revealing too much, set a few expectations. Introduce yourself, where you come from, and what you will present. Quickly.
Pechakucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese, so that means talk. Every presentation requires a different amount of narration, but don’t stay silent: if people wanted to stare at a screen, they’d go to a movie. They’re here for you.
If people were put to sleep by the previous presentation, it will wake them up. Besides, when was the last time you heard “too loud! speak softer” at a presentation?
Speak into the mic. If you move (which you should), the mic should rotate with your head. If you turn your head to show something on the screen and the mic doesn’t turn with you, people will not hear you anymore. Simple.
The audience needs pauses to digest your genius, so snappy bursts are better than an endless stream. Use silence as your punctuation.
Time your comments so you can follow the slides in a controlled manner. If you start feeling like you are being dragged down the street by a big dog chasing a squirrel, let go of the leash, take a breath and start with the next slide.
Talk to the audience, not your shoes, not the projector, not the wall, not your notes, not the front row. Smile, make eye contact, talk with everyone.
20 seconds is short, but 6 minutes 40 seconds is pretty long! Aim to keep the same intensity for 20 slides or people will be gazing into the bottom of their glass by half-time.
WATCH Dan Pink introduction to Pecha Kucha
EXCELLENT RESOURCE: Guide to Making a Pecha Kucha Presentation