I started grad school this semester with one class – COMM 502: Presentational Speaking. While it sounds like a total bummer, and I was looking forward to getting it out of the way, my research has surprisingly introduced me to some inspiring chronic illness warriors, like Abi Stevens, who presented her work at a pecha-kucha night in the UK (watch her presentation – Pain and Inspiration – here). I know what you’re thinking – what the heck is a pecha-kucha night? Pecha-kucha (Japanese for chit-chat) is a presentation format created by architects in Tokyo in 2003. The concept is simple: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. A pecha-kucha is a six-minute forty-second casual TED talk presented by anyone about anything.
For my final project in the class, I’m creating my own pecha-kucha presentation. In preparation for the project, I’ve been watching pecha-kucha videos from around the world on the official website. These bite-sized lectures are the perfect way to fill those seven-minute gaps in your day and learn something new, but the endless variety of topics and growing database of presentations can be a bit overwhelming.
If you’re curious about pecha-kucha, or you just have seven minutes to kill, here are a few of my favorite presentations focused on chronic illness, mental health and self-care.
Fighting Mental Illness by Louise Hutt
Louise has infused her presentation with her own photography and opens up about her battle with anxiety and the stigma around mental illness.
My Body and I by Steve Schwartz
Steve explores the connection between body and mind in this thoughtful reflection on life with chronic pain.
Self-Care in Modern Time by Yoo-Jin Kang
Emphasizing the balance between what she refers to as “ancient time” and “modern time,” Yoo-Jin gives tips on living more mindfully and embracing self-care as a daily practice.