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7 Speaking Lessons from Pecha Kucha Quebec

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I learned a few lessons from this week second Pecha Kucha in Quebec City. The event took place in “Le Cercle” on Tuesday night.

For those not familiar with this formula, each speaker present his project or his ideas in 20 pictures. Picture changes automatically after 20 seconds. So, you have 6min and 40 seconds to present your stuff. After that, next speaker.

Catherine-Eve Gadoury at Pecha Kucha | Presentability.com by Denis Francois Gravel

This formula his very dynamic. We have the opportunity to share lots of new ideas and to be touched by very different styles. This week program goes from illustration to architecture to experimental music. It was a wonderful evening.

The quality of the speaker surprised me. Most of them never speaks in public and they all did a great job.

Seeing so many different speakers in so little time was a real pleasure for me. I had the opportunity to compare their style and learn a few things (and refresh some old theory about speaking).


Here are some of my observations:

  • Be natural. The best advice for a speaker is: be natural. Don’t try to overdo things. Speak naturally as you would speak to a friend.
  • Be who you are. Respect your personality. There were 9 speakers at Pecha Kucha. Each one of them had a different style. Some presentations were more “logical”, other were more “artistic”. That is the richness of those evenings. Don’t try to emulate other speakers. You won’t be has good has them. You could only be good by being yourself.
  • Francis Vachon at Pecha Kucha Presentability.com : Denis Francois GravelBe enthusiastic. Your subject is important enough that you choose to speak about it. I must feel it. I must be transported by your enthusiasm.
  • Be proud. What you have done is so interesting that you were invited to speak about it. Don’t be shy. Be proud to share your project or idea with the crowd.
  • Be solid. Problems happen. It is normal. Slides go to fast or not enough. You forget something you wanted to say. Don’t let those small problems stop you. Acknowledge and move over, the audience will follow you.
  • Be smiling. Have fun. You like your project. You like to talk about it. Then, smile and enjoy the ride.
  • Be funny. Nothing seduces the audience more than some humor (not too much, just a little bit).


Observing other speakers help us enhance our own ability . I will attend the next Pecha Kucha and I will certainly learn a thing or two.

Share with me: What did you learn by observing other speakers?

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