Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lightning talks and the power of the short speech

I have been watching for a while now the evolution of a concept around the discipline of preparing short talks. It goes by a bunch of names like Ignite, Pecha Kucha and Speed Talking. My favourite is the IT industries adoption of the term 'Lightning Talks'. The metaphor works for me.

They all operate with slight variations in duration of sessions and number of slides.

This is my favourite format so far:

* 5 minute presentation
* 20 slides only
* 15 second automatic transitions

I encourage you to create a presentation using this format, as it forces you to get to the point and lifts your energy as a presenter.

Go on, give it a go!

M@

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