5th Canadian Obesity Summit

April 26 - 28, 2017

Banff Springs AB

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Pecha Kucha Presentation Guidelines

Those accepted for Pecha Kucha have 2 opportunites to share their research!

  1. Pecha Kucha Posters have a special designated area in Riverview Lounge and will be posted all Summit (Wed-Fri). Poster guidelines are available here. You do NOT need to stand by your poster. It is recommended that you post a note on the board that indicates your Pecha Kucha Oral presentation date/time for interested viewers.

  2. Pecha Kucha Oral presentation as outlined below. Please check HERE for the Pecha Kucha schedule.

Time Allotment

A “Pecha Kucha” (Japanese for chit-chat) is a 20x20 presentation that contains 20 slides, with each slide shown for 20 seconds, for a presentation of exactly 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

Audio Visual Details

Please submit your presentation to summit@obesitynetwork.ca by 11:59 pm on Monday April 17th, 2017. Your presentation will be loaded on the projection computer in your respective session room and will be timed to forward automatically.

COS 2017 will be supporting PC platform only. If your presentation was composed on Keynote, please bring your Mac Labtop and VGA Connector with you to the presentation room. The Speaker Services Room will have workstations as well as staff members available to assist you with questions and reviews. If you would like to practice your presentation, the technical director will gladly assist you.


Each session room will include:

1.A wireless mouse with laser pointer that will allow you to advance the PowerPoint presentation.

2.A PC computer system stationed at the podium.

3.At least 1 screen for the projection of your data slide.

4.A lectern with microphone.

Tips for Presenters

The atmosphere in a Pecha Kucha session is usually very engaging. Once the “clock starts ticking”, the audience is on the side of the presenter, willing them to succeed. This is a wonderful atmosphere for both new and experienced presenters.

  • Note: Disclosure slides may be omitted from your official Pecha Kucha presentation so that you may use all 20 slides for your topic presentation.
  • Images are the key to an effective Pecha Kucha presentation. Try to find images that are illustrations or metaphors of your key points and/or use words-as-image. Please ensure you have permission to use non-weight stigmatizing images (see suggestions below) and in line with all CON-RCO conferences you should use people-first language. This makes delivery of your presentation much easier and engaging, as you’re not trying to race through a list of points. This is why Pecha Kucha is so successful. It’s not the timing, but the fact that it leads presenters to use best practice in creating presentations that are visually strong and appealing. Let’s banish the bullets!
  • Practice, practice and practice again. Most of us do not tend to memorize our presentations. For a Pecha Kucha presentation, however, memorizing your key points for each slide is usually the best approach. It’s suggested that you write down the 2 key points you want to make for each slide and try to stick to that. Then practice delivering your presentation until it flows easily.
  • Hack the format! If you want to go into depth on one particular slide and 20 seconds just won’t be enough, repeat the slide and add text or graphics to develop your points. Your information will then be on-screen for 40 seconds, with small changes appearing midway through. This is a very graceful way to keep within the format but still go into depth.
  • When delivering the presentation, don’t worry if you finish making your points on one slide before the next slide advances. Pausing will break your flow. Start speaking about your next slide; it will likely appear midway through your first sentence. This makes for a more polished presentation rather than pausing for a few seconds to wait for the next slide to appear.

Pecha Kucha Resources

  • Richard Edwards Blog on Pecha Kucha (a must read):  tips-and-strategies-for-better-presentations/
  • Pecha Kucha 20×20 – This page gives the basics and a brief history of Pecha Kucha. 
  • Why and How to Give an Ignite Talk [video] by Scott Berkun — This terrific presentation (in Ignite format) is relevant for both Pecha Kucha and Ignite presentations. Take Scott’s advice and “hack the format” if necessary. If it’s Pecha Kucha, just be sure your presentation is 6 minute and 40 seconds long. 
  • Storyboarding A Pecha Kucha – Detailed coverage on tweaking your slides by Chiara Ojeda. Another wonderful resource chock full of ideas and assistance. 
  • Guide To Making A Pecha Kucha Presentation by Felix Jung - Provides detailed coverage of such topics including: Overview, Getting Started, Slide Design, Practicing, The Big Event, and Downloads. 

Pecha Kucha Examples

The presentations below are some examples of Pecha Kucha presentations. Each of these was a presentation created by the speakers — interesting work, I’m sure you’ll agree! You are only limited by your imagination … and of course… 6 minutes & 40 seconds.

Much of the above information was provided by the above- mentioned websites and authors and re-edited for the purpose of this document.

People First Language

People-first language is the standard for respectfully addressing people with chronic disease, rather than labeling them by their illness. Because of the importance of reducing bias associated with obesity, the Canadian Obesity Summit and their partners urge all presenters to use people-first language for their presentations.

Flint, S. W. and Reale, S. (2014). Obesity Stigmatisation from obesity researchers. The Lancet, 384(9958), 1925-1926. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62276-5. 
Kyle, T. K. and Puhl, R. M. (2014). Putting People First in Obesity. Obesity. doi: 10.1002/obj.20727. 
Obesity Action Coalition 

Finding CC-licensed Images

The following sites are helpful in finding Creative Commons-licensed images and learning how to reference them:

  • CON-RCO’s image gallery- a Creative Commons image bank of respectful images of individuals living with obesity 
  • Compfight – excellent search tool for Creative Commons-licensed Flickr images
  • Creative Commons Wiki – a Creative Commons image directory
  • CC Search — powerful search across a variety of platforms (e.g. Flickr, Google images, YouTube) to help you find content you can share, use, remix 
  • Flickr images – enter search term, click Advanced Search, then tick the box “only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” 
  • Content Directories — extensive list of directories of Creative Commons- licensed materials (audio, video, image, text)

Click here to download a PDF of the Pecha Kucha Presentation Guidelines.