So last week, I went to Pecha Kucha in the D. For the uninitiated, using Powerpoint, Pecha Kucha allows presenters 20 slides, with 20 seconds dedicated to each slide on any particular topic. In one evening, some of the brightest and most creative minds in photography, architecture, sculpture, design, and technology speak. The quick format provides a brief synopsis of topics and is great for presenting the arts, but if done correctly could fit any profession.
I read about Pecha Kucha in Presentation Zen and as the book states, you can do a 6 minute and 20 second presentation followed by a 45 minutes of in-depth discussion, or a lengthy 45 minute presentation that leaves little time for follow up. I like the follow up discussion more, myself.
But Pecha Kucha is a bit of an art and to be effective it must be done well. I think it would be fun to teach this to librarians – it would be effective as a sales pitch at Chamber of Commerce meetings, Town Hall meetings, Board meetings…just meetings.
If you’ve been to Pecha Kucha, what do you think? Is this something our profession can do and do well? I hope so…I believe it is boosts of creativity like this that we need!