Comments on: Tips for organizing Pecha Kucha sessions Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Mon, 14 Jun 2021 13:20:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Adrian Segar Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:46:00 +0000 In reply to Michael Doane.

Thanks, Michael, that makes sense to me. There would need to be two organizer-supplied templates, one for speakers using PowerPoint and one for speakers using Keynote. Having the speakers’ output be pdfs or images could make it easier for the organizer to put the master presentation together. The only downside might be that if a speaker ends up supplying slides in a different size or resolution from requested (and this happens more than you’d think) it could be more work to fix than extracting an original image from a PowerPoint or Keynote deck.

By: Michael Doane Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000 In reply to Adrian Segar.

I’m sorry Adrian, I should’ve clarified a bit more. I meant this to be a supplement to the template method with a master presentation. The way I see the process going is like this: (1) The organizer sends a link to a speaker management portal (where speakers have a list of tasks they need to complete, and can download/upload documents), (2) The speakers download the template, review slide design requirements, create their presentations, then export it as a PDF or images, (3) The speakers upload the PDF or images to the speaker portal, (4) The organizer exports the speakers’ documents, then imports them into their master presentation. This eliminates merging presentations and allows the facilitator to use whichever program they prefer (PowerPoint or Keynote).

By: Adrian Segar Wed, 07 Sep 2016 01:44:00 +0000 In reply to Michael Doane.

That’s a good idea Michael. You’d still need to add the time passing visual indicator mention in the post. And, without a master template for every presenter to use, you’d also have to specify pdf/image slide dimensions resolutions, and make sure they’re actually used, or slides may be distorted during presentations.

By: Michael Doane Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:37:00 +0000 Adrian, great article, as always. A note on Keynote vs. PowerPoint… I’d suggest that you eliminate the conflict by asking presenters to submit their slides as PDF or images. Then you can import the slides into whatever format you as the organizer prefer. This also eliminates font challenges. The presentations will also move along faster because there is no need to switch technologies and break the flow of the conference.

Of course, you might argue that presenters will lose the ability to use fancy presentation animations, but I’d counter with who wants to use those cheesy animations anyway?! ūüôā

By: Rema N Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:03:00 +0000 1. Assume that the conference room is properly
fitted with audiovisual equipment to display large-size video and amplify the
speaker’s voice. If a person wanted to attend a specific session, does it
matter which seat will the person takes, or is it sufficient for the person to
sit anywhere as long as it is in appropriate conference room?

By: Adrian Segar Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:57:00 +0000 In reply to Ddungu Rogers.

If you’re asking about having multiple Pecha Kucha sessions running simultaneously, I wouldn’t recommend it. Each presentation is short enough for it to be the only thing happening at that moment.

If you’re asking about conferences in general, the answer is‚Ķit depends. The biggest problem running multiple sessions in the same room is audio (and possibly visual) cross-over from one session to another. If you have several small group discussions going on, they can certainly be held in the same room provided there’s enough space between the groups to avoid distractions. If you have several larger sessions going on, however, the audiences will be irritated by the “noise” coming from the other sessions.

By: Ddungu Rogers Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:02:00 +0000 How would you personally organize a conference where multiple sessions
are held at the same time? Would you put all of them into a single
conference room or would you use multiple rooms? What would be the

By: Cameron Toth Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:06:00 +0000 Adrian,

You did an excellent job of executing the Pecha Kucha setup and hosting.  Definitely good information to follow!!!

By: traci browne Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:16:00 +0000 Adrian, you rocked our world in the Philly Pod with this presentation format.¬† As virtual viewers we found it was very difficult for the long presentations to hold our attention.¬† Even if it was a great presenter and great topic…after about 10-15 minutes we just could not stay focused.¬† Pecha Kucha was great because of the fast pace and constantly changing visuals.¬† We were completely locked in.¬†

A huge shoutout to your presenters who braved this new format.  They did such an excellent job, they all looked like Pecha Kucha pros. 

As a conference producer I want to start incorporating this into my events.¬† Thank you so much for sharing this information.¬† Like your book for peer conferences, you don’t miss sharing even the slightest detail!