“When Talking Behind Our Backs is Best”

In February 2020, I delivered a PechaKucha talk at a national conference for educators, titled “When Talking Behind Our Backs is Best.”

If you’re not familiar, a Pecha Kucha (pronounced “peh CHA koo sha”) is a short-talk format started in Japan.  Each presenter creates a Powerpoint of 20 slides, each of which is timed at 20 seconds. It’s a challenge to organize a talk this way, and then to memorize it and keep up with the automated slides (the show starts off-stage and it runs until it’s done).  I have delivered a few Ignite talks (20 slides at 15 seconds each), and a TEDx talk of 10 minutes (a curator will tell you how many minutes you get ranging from 4-18, and you control your own slides), but I think the Pecha Kucha is my favorite of the three options.

In this 400-second talk, I chose to cover the basics of protocol use, Critical Friends Group work, and why the heck we have presenters turn their back (or in the virtual world, turn off their camera) after they make a presentation. When you know a topic well, it’s hard to know whether it’s clear for people who may not know anything about your topic. So I’d welcome your comments:  how’d I do communicating the essence of our work?

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