My Pecha Kucha Presentation

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.


Pecha Kucha Presentation

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  1. Posted August 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Did I authorize my demented face to be used for your presentation? I need a piece of that pie…

  2. Posted August 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    although I am honored

  3. Posted August 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    As soon as the pie exists, I’ll be happy to send you your fair share. Until then, I’ll sign you up for one of my favorite email newsletters…

  4. Posted August 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I FINALLY got around to watching this video. I’m inspired! Not just to my project, but to doing my own presentation. And I personally like the juvenile images. They’re honest.

  5. Posted August 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I’m especially glad you like the images. They’re charming in a way. I’ve learned how to do so much more since June that I’ve had trouble keeping my hands off of them.

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