Learning 2 Pecha-Kucha

Wes Fryer in a podcasting unconference workshop

Cohort Leaders were given the opportunity to apply and present a 5-7 minute presentation. One suggestion was to follow the Pech-Kucha 20 x20 style of presentation. This was of high interest to me,  as I had just read an interesting post on different ways of presenting on the Educators’ Guide to Innovation by NyunkiaTaus. Not long after that post, I was to experience Pecha-Kucha at the Learning2.011 conference.

It was with great interest that the 45o or so participants watched two cohort leaders present using this style:-

  1. Jabiz Raisdana from Sinarmas World Academy, Jakarta speak on 20 members who are valuable to his Personal Learning Network. Each of these members were asked to send Jabiz an image of themselves and include Jabiz’s pic somehow into these images. These networked members were global in location but all played an important and influential role in the teaching and learning life of Jabiz. Jabiz had timed his slides for 20 seconds and the conference gathering was asked to clap when the next slide appeared. Jabiz immediately commenced speaking to the next slide. 20 seconds is certainly not a long time!
  2. Wes Fryer presented PechaKucha style on the topic of “What I hoped

    Wes Fryer in a podcasting unconference

    you learned this year!” Wes had 20 images timed to 20 seconds each, but had added a countdown clock in the upper left hand side of his slides to show how long he had to speak. Wes must have presented many times using this technique as he was spot on the timing and he didnt even look at the images behind him!

The advantages of PechaKucha style presentations:-

  1. timing is obvious for all to see
  2. keeps the talk short, precise and to the point
  3. allows many more keynote presenters than the usual single presenter (who will often speak for 45 – 60 mins).
  4. gives a great and broad variety of topics, presentation styles, speakers – all speaking on a topic of their passion etc
  5. keeps the audience highly attentive and engaged
  6. becomes almost ‘game like’ to see whether the presenter can actually do it!
The Challenges
  1. Most keynote speakers have lots to say  – may too confining
  2. Keeping to a time limit
  3. Choosing just 20 images or slides to talk to

I was not game to try it. I had approx 40 pics that I wanted to speak to and as I spoke briefly to most, I hope that I kept within the 7 minutes. I had my phone on timer but was too nervous to check it. Ignite is another interesting option.

Have you presented Pech-Kucha style? Have you been to Pech- Kucha presentations? How did you find them? Would you prefer many short presentations or just one big keynote presentation? Why or why not?

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