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Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0573, March 12, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Who's not familiar with the phrase, Death by PowerPoint? Most of us, through direct experience unfortunately. Perhaps no other time-saving communication tool has been misused more than this one.

With that in mind, I presented a short talk at a networking event entitled, Exformation: the Missing Link in Communication...Using Context to Build Communication Capacity. While the topic speaks to our bias towards information, this week I focus on 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, Raising Powerpoint From the Dead.

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The Point

Raising PowerPoint From The Dead
Use this tool to engage participant's hearts, and their minds will follow.

Presenting Skill

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, making the creation of a lot of information way to easy.

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 quickly paced, encouraging an emphasis on illustrations and emotional content (right brain) versus words and data (left brain). 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.


Raising PowerPoint from the Dead

So how might one restore life to presentations 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.

  • Read this excellent, concise statement that expands on the pitfalls and opportunities of PowerPoint, Really Bad PowerPoint by Seth Godin.

  • 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 Add Your Comments and tell us about your experiences or if there's something we've missed, we'd love to hear from you.

This Week's Offer

Raising Powerpoint From the Dead Webinar

raising PowerPoint from the DeadJoin us on Thursday, March 21, at 11am Central for this one-hour interactive webinar and illustration to help you bring your presentations back from the dead.

During this session, we'll explore:

  • Three mistakes to avoid that kill your presentations.
  • Three key mindsets and...
  • Three key practices to revive your PowerPoint presentations

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