CSI PechaKucha

Want to present a PechaKucha show? This year CSI will adopt the exciting PechaKucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ) presentation format created in 2003 that features 20 slide images each lasting 20 seconds. PechaKucha means chit-chat. Presenters can narrate, sing, dance but whatever they do, topics must be engaging. Oh — and relate to communityservice, or community engagement at Guilford. That’s it. 

General PechaKucha questionshttp://www.pechakucha.org/faq

Sign up to give a PechaKucha show at CSI. (link)

PechaKucha examples   Here are some fun, interesting samples of the PechaKucha format in action...
     Boring State of Men's Fashions
     Fear of Sharks
     Learn like a Beginner
     World’s Best City When It’s Smoggy 

Guilford PechaKucha live examples    
     José Oliva,
     Jodie Geddes,
     Sherry Giles, 

Slide set examples
       Andrew Young, Our First PechaKucha Night
       Andrew Young, Where's a Good Montagnard Restaurant?


(1) Topic    Do pick something you’re passionate about, care about, want to share with others. If it's something already well known, then express you’re angle on it, your perspective.

(2) Natural writer?   If you are a “word” person, then start by writing a draft outline of twenty sentences. (20 slides, 20 sentences.) Do rehearse aloud. Sometimes you can comfortably speak two sentences within 20 seconds. Try it.

(3) Visual learner?   If you are a “visual” person, then collect 5–10 unedited images that encapsulate or summarize your topic.
• Put them into an order around which you can tell a story or describe a situation to an audience.
• Make notes about additional images you’ll need to round out your story.

(4) Where to get images.
If you and your friends have smart phones, then you probably have thousands of photos — some of which might actually be useful for your pechakucha.
• Spend time looking for, making or even reshooting shots. Remember a good picture is worth a thousand words but a crappy picture isn't worth much at all. 
• Don’t use distracting pictures. Most people shoot blurry shots, group shots, friends mugging for the camera, “fun’ shots that might get a few laughs from the audience but are otherwise distracting.
• Don't use Prezi. Don't use fancy effects in PowerPoint or other programs. Straight slideshow. 

(5) How big is the image?
• Do fill the screen with the image. Horizontal or landscape images always look better than a portrait frames by big black rectangles.
• Test your images. If they look pixelated (fuzzy, low resolution) on your desktop or laptop, they’ll look equally bad on the big screen.  

(6) Words on the screen?
• Use 5 or less words on the screen. That means avoid lots of words over your image. In fact, 5 words max. Otherwise, people won't listen to you — they'll be reading the screen.
• Don’t bore people with words on a screen that you’re going read anyway, unless you're using them for dramatic effect. 

(7) Practice.
• Raise your voice and project it into the last row of the audience.
• Hold any notes (if you’re using them) so they can be easily read by you without blocking your mouth and face.
• Don’t use words you're not comfortable with or can't speak easily.  You’re not delivering an academic paper. But if you regularly say words like caliginous and inspissated, then sure, go with them.

(8) More. Here's some pretty good online advice: http://avoision.com/pechakucha