Preso of the Week: The Relentless Pace of Pecha Kucha

October 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm  •  Posted in Preso of the Week, Skills, Techniques, Trends by  •  0 Comments

What kind of a story can you tell in 400 seconds?  Now add 20 slides of exactly 20 seconds each to support the story.  You’ve got the ingredients for Pecha Kucha, an intriguing new presentation format that’s starting to migrate online.

The Pecha Kucha 20×20 format was started in Toyko in 2003 as a way to attract smart crowds to an experimental real estate project…and it has spread from there.  Today, Pecha Kucha nights take place in hundreds of cities all over the world, and there’s even an online site ( dedicated to capturing them and preserving them.

There are many lessons to be found in the evolution of this format that are pertinent to the online presenter: lessons about conciseness, knowing your material cold, powerful images, keeping it moving…

We’ll talk about many of these in future articles for  But for the moment, enjoy Mark Petrick’s talk “On Clouds” — one of the most-watched presentations on this month.


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