Pecha Kucha is a presentations format in which 20 slides are screened at the rate of 20 second per slide.
I like this format because it keeps presentations brief and to the point.
When I began to work on a recent Pecha Kucha presentation for a Jane’s Walk event, I calculated that I’m looking at 20 x 20 = 400 seconds of speaking time, or 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
Taking 180 syllables per minute as a comfortable speaking rate, in terms of my rate of speech at a typical presentation, I decided that 60 syllables per slide would be the outer limit for the syllable count for each slide. This would also allow for an occasional pause between slides.
In case you like math calculations, 60 syllables in 20 seconds means that if I multiply by 3, I arrive at 180 syllables in one minute (that is, 60 seconds) of speaking time.
A conversational speaking rate is a generally a little faster – around 220 syllables per minute is typical of many speakers. Some speakers go way beyond that but it can be hard to catch the content.
Many blog posts at the Preserved Stories website address in more details the topics discussed below. Among them is a blog post with more details – including a recent eye-witness account from Bob Richardson about the fire that occurred in 1958 – related to the history of the Long Branch Hotel.
[Update: We’ve recently made a correction – please refer to an earlier blog post for details – regarding what we had earlier thought was a photo of the Long Branch Hotel but which in fact is a photo of the Eastwood Park Hotel.
[As well, I think of 1958 as a year that has another significance. In my pursuit of understanding world military history, I’ve recently been reading Things fall apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe – published in 1958. In reading about colonial history, sooner or later one encounters the work of Chinua Achebe.]
[End of update]
I’m really pleased that the Jane’s Walks help us to organize and share information about the history of Long Branch. The history is part of a conversation in which we all can learn so many things from each other.
Below are photos and speaking notes for the Long Branch 2013 Pecha Kucha
The slides for my talk are as follows. The draft text is in the caption for each slide.