Many of us have sat through boring PowerPoint presentations. Pecha Kucha (from a Japanese term for the sound of chitchat)* offers a solution to the problem.
Devised by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, the Pecha Kucha format allows each presenter 20 slides: the presenter has 20 seconds per slide. Thus each speaker has 6 minutes and 40 seconds to make his or her point.*
Though not appropriate to all speaking situations, this approach may encourage briefer and more thoughtful presentations. Pecha Kucha nights have sprung up all over the world. * Perhaps they may spring up in classrooms.
*all information from the Pecha Kucha Night site (http://www.pecha-kucha.org)