What is PechaKucha? – It’s all that needs to be said

20x20If you like your public speaking punchy, with a generous helping of visual aids, then it’s time we had a PechaKucha about PechaKucha.

(That last line is funny and original because PechaKucha actually means ‘Chit Chat’ in Japanese)

PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, meaning that every presentation lasts for no more than 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

In a world where our time is precious, PechaKucha is the antidote to pointless prolonged presentations. It’s rapid style means that the majority of PechaKucha presentations are high in energy and inspiration – the pace helps to create inspiration in the audience.

Having started in Tokyo by a team of architects, PechaKucha nights are now taking place all over the globe and generally consist of 8-14 presentations, usually around a creative theme.

I’m a big fan and that’s great, but why are we stopping there?

The golden rule of public speaking is that we should never say more than needs to be said. This aforementioned truth means that PechaKucha is a ready-made solution to inefficiencies in our UK businesses.

Yes, really.

Imagine how efficient your business or organisation could be if presentations were allowed to be no longer than 6 minutes and 40 seconds – how much time would our senior management save over the course of a week, month and year?!

PechaKucha isn’t just idle PechaKucha (see, what I did there, again…) it’s time-saving, energy-generating, boredom busting public speaking straight from the Far East.

Thanks Japan!

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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