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Presentation styles – giving things a Japanese twist

Category : Insight

PechaKucha – what is it?

An ancient civilisation? A new Austrian biscuit…? A presentation format?

Yep, that’s the one… This unusual word comes from the Japanese word for ‘chit chat’ – an apt description for this unusual presentation format. The rules of PechaKucha are simple; 20 images, each of which will advance automatically after 20 seconds and a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds to share your entire presentation.

The result; a concise, fast paced presentation which engages listeners and permits more content to be shared.

Where does it come from?

The roots come from architecture. As the story goes, you give a microphone and some images to an architect and they'll go on forever.

And the story’s no different in business. With all the best intentions, a quick presentation turns into a half hour deep-dive into an unprecedented level of detail.

Deciding to use the PechaKucha format gives us as event planners permission to regain an element of control over time and level of detail reached by our presenters. And can be fun along the way!

A toolkit of presentation options

It won’t always be right, but why not add PechaKucha to your toolkit of presentation options?

Consider this one when you want to:

  • Land messages in a visual way
  • Keep events flowing rapidly and with purpose
  • Avoid getting bogged down in the detail.


How about having a go and letting me know how you get on? 


About the author

Lizzie Gait
Lizzie Gait
Lizzie joined the London ASE Team in January 2016 as a co-facilitator. Having previously spent several years working in conferences and training, she loves the buzz of event days and seeing how people’s thinking changes and develops over the course of an ASE. Outside of work Lizzie spends her time walking, running and eating brunch. Not usually simultaneously.

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