Present a Story, not a PowerPoint

Ever sat through a presentation where the slides were full of text and the presenter went on and on in a dull, monotone voice? Yup, we’ve all been there.

I’ve recently come across a new way to present – using only visuals. It’s called PechaKucha. Although this form started off in Tokyo in 2003, it is still fairly new in Vancouver (The Art of Concise Presentations, n.d.).

PechaKucha Night… [was designed] as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.” (The Art of Concise Presentations, n.d.)

Below is an example of a PechaKucha presentation – Sparkling Pixie Dust.

So, what exactly is PechaKucha?

PechaKucha is a simple and effective way to present where you go present 20 images for 20 seconds each (Frequently Asked Questions, n.d.). The most challenging part for the presenter is that the images automatically advance to the next one! Say goodbye to long, boring presentations and hello to short and more visually appealing ones.

Bring your presentations to the next level by attending the upcoming PechaKucha Night – The Musical in Vancouver on February 19 at The Vogue Theatre.


(Vancouver, n.d.)


Frequently Asked Questions. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2015, from PechaKucha:

The Art of Concise Presentations. (n.d.). Retrieved February 15, 2015, from PechaKucha:

Vancouver. (n.d.). Retrieved February 17, 2015, from PechaKucha:

3 thoughts on “Present a Story, not a PowerPoint

  1. Kayla says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I always love new ways to present a project and PechaKucha looks really cool. PowerPoints tend to be quite boring and I have scene way to many nauseating Prezis. More visual presentations are always more fun to watch, especially compared to long wordy PowerPoints.

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  2. angeliesuarez says:

    Awesome find, Naveen. This way of presenting sure is interesting! I just can’t help but worry about the restrictions of using this, since we must use only 20 images which go on for only 20 seconds. Although I’m not sure if I can use this for class presentations since they’re usually much shorter or longer than 6 min. and 40 sec., it sure would be interesting to use this for the club I’m in since the speeches are usually 5-7 minutes anyway.
    Competent Communication. (2014). Mission Viejo, CA: Toastmasters International.


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