No, I’m not cursing at you in another language. Pecha Kucha is Japanese for “the sound of conversation,” or, as we say in English, “the sound of conversation.”
A few weeks ago I was invited to a Pecha Kucha event by @sohojohn and was told it would consist of “a bunch of creative leaders, varied across industry, giving presentations.” Sounds awesome, but what’s so Pecha Kucha-ey about this? I later found out that it’s a distinct style of presentation where the speaker is only allowed to use 20 images and is limited to 20 seconds per slide/image. As for the topic of the presentation? It can be anything the presenter wants. The presentation is on a timer, so once a speaker begins it forces them to stick to the rules. This formula keeps presentations short and allows for great range as topics flow from presenter to presenter.
I didn’t know what to expect, but, since the event, I’ve become a Pecha Kucha believer. Everything held my interest and was interesting. Every topic was a surprise and the evening left me feeling inspired. If you feel like your brain needs a kick in the cortex, come to this event when it moves to your town.
To give you an idea of the range of topics that evening, I’ve included three of my favorites from the night (compliments of @perangel):
Appropriating Everyday Objects
Whaling In Alaska