Some advices for a Pecha Kucha night

From Life as an android

You know I’m a big fan of Pecha Kucha, one of the best recipes I know to end with the death by Powerpoint.

So yesterday I happily went for the first time to a Pecha Kucha night in Washington DC. It was hosted by the Swedish Embassy in Georgetown (which is a very nice place) and although there was a good bunch of people, presenters, and drinks, the overall content was pretty disappointing.

I’m no expert in the topic, however I’ve learned a couple of things attending Pecha Kucha Brussels, so in order to be constructive with my criticism let me kindly suggest a few things for the next one.

Organizers

  • Explain the meaning of Pecha Kucha (including how to pronounce it :)) and the way it works. Yesterday nobody said a word about it and some newcomers were lost.
  • Try to be informal to favor muscles and brain relaxation.
  • Leave a few minutes between presentations, the people normally want to discuss a little after each one.

Presenters

  • You have 20 slides, but try to present only one idea. Two maximum. Our little brain is not able to handle more (especially on a Friday after work). Try to tell us a story, connect the slides and bring us somewhere, we’ll follow.
  • If you want to sell your company, show off your creativity. Impress the audience with something you do well and if we like it we’ll pay attention to your company’s URL in the last slide. We may even look for you during the networking time (aka drinks).
  • Corollary: worst thing you can do is to present 1 product per slide.
  • Please do not base your presentation on “climate change is bad, being green is cool, and Obama too”. You want us to change our habits? Question us.
  • Do not say that what you’re presenting is awesome, cool and mind-blowing. This is up to the audience to decide.
  • Avoid reading your presentation, but do read it if it’s better for the story line. You do not want us to sleep, modulate your voice so we can better understand the way you feel.
  • Admittedly, it’s pretty unlikely the audience is interested in all the presentations. Take into account that we go because we like to see passionate people taking the chance. The incredible thing about Pecha Kucha is that once is over it leaves you in a creative mood no matter what you’ve seen.

That’s it, I hope it helps.

By the way, I just found out that the first Ignite DC will be happening soon, and there is already an Ignite Baltimore and a Barcamp DC. See you around!

5 thoughts on “Some advices for a Pecha Kucha night

  1. I didn’t know anything about Pecha Kucha (thank you again Wikipedia) but it sounds really interesting. I would like to assist to one of these nights to experience myself and build an opinion.

    What I know is a lot about death by Powerpoint (who doesn’t?) I can not understand why anybody hasn’t came yet with something different.

  2. Thanks Alok, very nice to see you here. I won´t make it this time, but surely there´ll be another one. Cheers and drop me a line if you ever come to DC!

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