Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0467, November 23, 2010

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Dear Friends,

This past week I presented a short talk in Madison on a subject I wrote about in this journal a couple of weeks ago entitle, The Dawn of the Exformation Age. The topic for my presentation was entitled, Exformation: the Missing Link in Communication...Using context to build communication capacity. While I of course like the topic, what I want to share with you this week is the format that was used for the presentation. The format, exported from Japan is called Peche Kucha, and it holds promise for the revival of slide presentations.
I explain this simple format in short in this week's article, Life by Powerpoint.


Steve Davis


workshop design

The Point

Life by Powerpoint
Using Pecha Kucha to get to the point quickly.


I know from experience that you can generate a lot of slides with a lot of info very quickly using Powerpoint. Most presenters go nuts with this tendency thinking that lots of information will make their presentations more valuable or perhaps make them look more knowledgeable or professional. In short, Powerpoint presentations tend to be killers because they are designed by the presenter, for the presenter.

A new format called Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has grown into somewhat of a sensation, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world inspiring creative people worldwide.

The name Pecha Kucha comes from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat." It is based on a very simple presentation format: 20 slides/images, 20 seconds each. Slides are auto advanced so that the presenter is done in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This format requires presentations to be concise and quick paced. Designing an effective presentation in this format requires that you step into the perspective of your audience.

In the spirit Pecha Kucha (click here for more on the concept) enough said! Let's talk about application.


So how might one use the Pecha Kucha format as a facilitator or trainer?

  • Present your main ideas in under 7 minutes, then spend the next hour in discussion or group activities to get the audience involved and experiencing your teaching.

  • Use a modified version of Pecha Kucha, perhaps a 3-minute, 10-slide sort of affair for presentations at staff meetings. One of my audience members shared that their company does just that!

  • Have multiple speakers present concise and entertaining pieces at conferences or other events in a way that's informative and entertaining. I presented as a prelude to something called High Tech Happy Hour in Madison.

  • For an example, check out my pecha kucha presentation by clicking here.

Add Your Comments


How might you try using Pecha Kucha as a facilitator, trainer or group leader? I look forward to your comments, insights or feedback about this article. Please click on the Add Your Comments and tell us about your experiences or if there's something we've missed, we'd love to hear from you.

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