How Students Can Improve Their Presentation by Using PechaKucha


In Japanese PechaKucha means “the sound of Conversation”.  It was introduced by The Tokyo Archaeologists Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Feb 2003. The concept was initially aimed at students to improve their PowerPoint presentations in a structured and concise method.

The concept of Pecha Kucha is a storytelling format where the speaker will be showing 20 slides in 20 seconds.

Public speaking is a naturally important soft skill that one should have but it’s rather difficult to focus your energies once you are in the rut of corporate life. Even then, most of college is spent making presentations that are long, unfocused, and unstructured. This makes the skill itself exceedingly difficult to attain.
PechaKucha remedies this with quite a simple principle, 20 slides, 20 seconds. This makes it almost impossible to do something elaborate and complex while making it much easier

The average presentation is under 7 minutes long and includes images. Students are hard-pressed to make thoughtful decisions about what to include, the flow and pacing of their presentation — and they must practice in advance — due to the slide count limit, shorter presentation time, and inability to read directly from the slides.

One of the learning that we have seen when we have taken classes with students, the amount of time we spend on how and what to present but seldom ask a format from the students themselves when they are delivering. This effectively is looking at that kind of a model and the benefit outweighs the efforts.

  • Students tend to build more stronger presentations as the constraints forced them to focus on the key point instead of the peripherals, building a more focused and clearly thought through presentations
  • The distractions of making a beautiful and information heavy is so weeded off since the time on screen for each slide is very low.
  • While also creating a way to practise the presentation more due to the concise presentation.
  • The audience also finds more value in a short period while also is glued onto the presentation due to its short nature
  • While the discussions itself is fruitful since the primer is insightful.

Being a novel method, students would have to be familiarised and trained into this to help master the time limits and constraints. It may be challenging in the freshman year classrooms where these limits are considered limiting their ideas as well, but students do come around to liking this format.

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