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What is PechaKucha?

We all know how difficult it can be to create an engaging, to-the-point presentation, that captivates the audiences’ attention for just the right amount of time before they would naturally start to look at their watch or stare into space. That is precisely why the PechaKucha was created.

PechaKucha is a presentation style devised by Klein Dytham Architecture and originated in Japan. The literal translation is chit-chat or chatter. It takes the format of 20 slides, featuring 20 images and no text that are shown for 20 seconds per slide, a total presentation lasts6 minutes 40 seconds.

This 20×20 presentation style was created to improve communication between the speaker and audience. It is an effective technique being used all over the world to ensure fast-paced, concise and engaging presentations. Within professional environments the PechaKucha format is primarily used by creatives, but it would also be effective in a more academic environment.

PechaKucha is not only effective for formal, professional environments, , but also for informal presentations too. These informal occasions are a great way of becoming comfortable with public speaking and presenting confidently to strangers, understanding both body language and speech.

PechaKucha Nights (PKNs) are held in over 700 cities all around the globe taking place in a range of locations, including galleries, bars and restaurants. Designed to get people talking, they bring together enthusiastic people of all ages to present topics that they are passionate about – anything from university projects to personal hobbies.

If there is not one in your area, and you are interested in starting one, you must contact the PechaKucha organisation https://www.pechakucha.org/. There is an informal application process and a “handshake” agreement in exchange for the title of PechaKucher Organiser. There are some rules and regulations for the role of organiser, including being employed and hosting a minimum of 4 PKNs per year to qualify as an active city.

To learn more about PechaKucher, visit the website: https://www.pechakucha.org/