On June 23, I gave my first Pecha Kucha presentation at Knoxville Museum of Art.
You may be wondering, “What is Pecha Kucha?” It sounds illegal. It sounds like it may cause disfigurement, or even death, without immediate medical attention.
In reality, the term is Japanese and denotes the sound of conversation, similar to “chit chat” in English.
A Pecha Kucha presentation consists of 20 slides, each displayed for twenty seconds. A presentation lasts a total 6:40. Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture invented this format and hosted the first-ever PechaKucha Night in their Tokyo venue, SuperDeluxe, back in February 2003.
Apparently, architects are prone to logorrhea, so the duo wanted to encourage their colleagues to be concise. Klein and Dytham still organize and support the global PechaKucha network and organize the events in Tokyo, and they even took the time to make a video for the PechaKucha Night Knoxville, Volume 3.
I’m what the experts call a verbal processor. For me to say anything in less than seven minutes is like Lady Gaga being inconspicuous or Joel Osteen without product in his hair. I found out about the unique format only after my proposal had been accepted. I decided that saying something in six minutes and forty seconds would be good practice.
Disclaimer: This is the first slideshow presentation that I have ever finished. Somehow, I made it through middle school, high school, college, and a graduate program without doing one. The slides are amateur, but perhaps they’ll make you laugh.
This presentation is about finishing. I hope it makes a difference for you.