If brevity is the soul of wit, then it is also the cradle of enthusiasm. And that’s what PechaKucha (or PK as its often affectionately called) is all about.
PechaKucha is a presentation format where a speaker has 20 slides, with 20 seconds for each slide to enthuse and engage their audience on a subject of their choice. Sides need to be pictures only – no text and the whole presentation lasts just 6 minutes 40 seconds.
Gloucester hold regular PechaKucha evening in public venues across the city – usually in places where you can get a drink and some nibbles, or even a full meal, to munch on while you watch, or count down to your own presentation. There are usually six to eight speakers with a break half way through the evening for people to grab more refreshments. People present on a range of topics, with a range of styles, but all following the 20 slides, 20 seconds a slide format. It’s a varied, relaxed and informal evening and we’d like to get more people involved, on the audience side but also as speakers.
You can speak on any topic that you feel passionate about and want to share with others. It doesn’t have to be about Gloucester – although quite a few of our speakers have a Gloucester link to their talks. You’ll need to prepare the visual side of your presentation in Powerpoint, but the Culture Trust can give you a hand if you are struggling with any technical aspect such as programming in the timings. Presentations are then emailed to the Culture Trust ahead of the evening so they can be all set up ready for each person – so you don’t have to fiddle with technology on the night or worry about starting your presentation off (which for many of us has to be the most stressful bit of giving a presentation.
You’ll probably want practice your presentation a bit beforehand, but do not worry about having it slick and perfect. You don’t have to be a polished public speaker! It is a very informal and supportive environment – nobody is going to say “Oh look she was still speaking about that slide when the next one came on”. It’s not an academic or business presentation, you won’t be scored or judged on it, but as you’ll be bound to enthuse people about your topic the chances are people will want to ask a few questions at the end of your presentation, or at the break.
You don’t have to be an expert in whatever you are talking about – we just need people that are passionate and enthusiastic about a particular topic and want to share it.
The PechaKucha evenings are usually bi-monthly in a Gloucester city centre venue.
If you would like any more information without committing yourself to this challenge please email me on James@GloucesterCulture.org.uk
Why get involved?
On the practical side the PechaKutcha evenings are a great way of practising and increasing your public speaking and presenting skills. They are short and snappy so you are not at the front for a long time and they are relaxed so you won’t have rows of people just staring at you.
The topic you speak about does not have to be an “academic” one, but PechaKutcha is a great way to crystallise your thoughts and knowledge on a particular subject, so if you are preparing a dissertation, preparing and doing the talk can really help you get your thoughts in order.
PechaKucha talks are a great way of gathering support for and highlighting a cause your feel passionate about. It’s a great way to raise awareness and get people thinking and talking about a subject.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Wait for a reply from Gloucester Culture Trust.
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