Friday presentations!

In this post, Jason Rosenblum shares one option you might consider for your final presentation on Friday.

As this is a short week, I wanted to share a few tips for the presentations on Friday. Because of the size of the group, we’d like to ask that everyone keep their presentations short. And, because we want to make this experience fun, I propose the following very fast presentation format.

I’m borrowing a presentation format called “pechakucha” that was first piloted in Japan in 2003 ( Pechakucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. It’s a simple format and works like this:

  • Presenters use a maximum of 20 slides
  • All slides are timed so that each slide is only 20 seconds in length.
  • The title and contact slides (beginning and end) don’t count in the total
  • Once the presentation begins, there’s no stopping the auto-timer and the end of the last slide signals the end of the presentation.

Tips on making a great pechakucha

  • Keep it simple! Place as few words as possible on each slide
  • Use images
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!

I have attached a sample pechakucha template: (pechakucha_template.pptx) that you can you for your presentations that contains the required number of slides and slide timings already set. You’ll advance the first slide to start the timer by clicking the slide.


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