Gotta Catch ‘Em All – Pecha Kucha? – DeMora

No, this isn’t a new Pokemon.. Pecha Kucha is a modern presentation, which contains a slideshow of 20 slides, each with one picture describing the topic. This presentation is only 6 minutes and 40 seconds long.

To start off, let me say that I was very confused with this entire project from day one. Even after watching two completely different Pecha Kucha presentations, I still had no idea what to do. Using class readings, and my blog to write a narrative in only a minute and 20 seconds??? That’s crazy!! Once I picked my readings, I began to stress even more. “What pictures do I use? Wait, does that explain our blog and readings enough?”

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I was getting really stressed about this assignment. I began tweeting about it over the past weekend, worrying that what I was doing was wrong. As I began writing, I was so unsure as to how I should go about this whole thing? “A narrative is easy right? WRONG.” Well, at least in this sense it wasn’t easy.

Anyways, as I started writing my narrative, I went in order of my slides. My first slide, summed up our blog concept, “The 20 Year Old Struggle”. I started out with one sentence. I then timed myself, and I was barely even at 10 seconds. “20 seconds is a lot longer than I thought.” So I thought harder, and I eventually was getting somewhere. Was it the right somewhere, I honestly had no clue. But I kept with it, and as I went on through my slides, I ended up with a presentation of a minute and 40 seconds.

Now, I was still freaking out come Monday morning, for I didn’t think what I was saying was correct in any way. (Talk about the struggle)

By the time I went into the room, I could feel my heart pounding. I thought I was going to have a panic attack. We opened our slideshow, and were about to begin. I had to go first, figures right?! At this point I just thought, “Just read it. Whatever happens, happens.” And I did just that. By the time I was done, I felt so relieved. It was over. Whether it was good/right or not, didn’t matter. I said what I wanted to say, and that’s that.

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This was the very first slide I used. It honestly fit into our blog very well. Between the struggles of being a 20 year old, to talking about Facebook.. This was literally perfect!

At the end of this presentation, I was very proud of myself, as well as my group. We did really well with grasping the idea of Pecha Kucha, which I honestly thought would never happen. (At least for me, anyways). I honestly see myself doing presentations like this in my future. For what, I don’t know. But I’m sure I’ll find a way somewhere.

“Every challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle every day
To claim my rightful place

Come with me, the time is right
There’s no better team
Arm in arm we’ll win the fight
It’s always been our dream”

Pecha Kucha!

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4 Comments

  1. First, I love the references that you made to Pokemon in this post, I think that is great. Second, this pecha kucha project really was stressful, it was hard trying to grasp the concept of what it was and how to do it, and how to say not a whole lot but just enough in 20 seconds.

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  2. Great pictures and, as stated in the previous comment, definitely approve of the Pokemon references. I immediately knew I was going to like this blog post because of it! And I can totally relate on the initial confusion and then understanding and relief at the end. It sometimes takes a bit to get there, but where there’s a will (and a grade), there’s a way!

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  3. This is fantastic! I think you really captured the feelings we all experienced, even if we never really voiced them. I also really loved the pokemon reference, especially since it “Pecha Kucha” could be a reality one day in that realm. Also, the first slide you used is perfect, in every sense, since it captures our generation to a T. I wish I could have seen / heard your project but I’m positive you did an amazing job!

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  4. I really think you hit the nail not he head with this response to the pecha kucha! It’s so funny that a lot of people wrote about how they thought it would have something to do with Pokemon which is weird. It was a word we didn’t know, and the closest thing that most of the class could come up with was Pokemon. I as well thought that this was confusing in the beginning. I didn’t know how I was going to do my presentation, but with the help of you and our group members we made it happen. I personally think that you did the best in the presentation. You did exactly what Professor Kopp wanted and gave a perfect example of how it should have been done. Good Job!!!

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