Presenting PechaKucha Style

Professional skills courses

Course information

Number of sessions: 2
Hours per session: 1.5 / 2
Course fee: - 

  • This workshop is exclusively for PhD candidates of the Graduate School.
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 10 408 26 07

Course-related questions: Luis Artavia-Mora: or Audrey Esteban:

Telephone:+31 10 408 29 00 (Audrey)

Session 1:
Thursday, 19th of September 2019
10:30 to 12:00 
Location: EUR Campus - Mandeville building (directions), floor T14 Classroom 3

Session 2*Batch 1
Thursday, 3rd of October 2019
10:00 - 12:00 
Location: EUR Campus - Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01 

Session 2*Batch 2
Thursday, 17th of October 2019
10:00 - 12:00 
Location: Institute of Social Studies, Campus The Hague (directions), room ISS Room 4.25 

Also please note:
The week following session 2 a Pecha Kucha night will be hosted by the Graduate School.
The Pecha Kucha night is scheduled in the evening of October 25 at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Atrium. A separate event page for this will be created.

Aims and working method

PechaKucha, Japanese for chit-chat, is an alternative storytelling format for a brief presentation, with 20 slides that are each shown for 20 seconds. The aim of PechaKucha is to connect with audiences at a deeper intuitive level by using the language of pictures and the descriptive power of words to communicate not just the informational, but also the emotional elements of a story.

This course comprises two sessions, an introductory session (Session 1) and a presentation specific session (Session 2). After learning the Pecha Kucha method and its underlying principles, you will be offered an opportunity to deliver a Pecha Kucha presentation at the Pecha Kucha nights where you can practice what you have learned from the sessions. These Pecha Kucha Nights will be open to all PhD candidates and will simulate the real and original format of a Pecha Kucha Night.

Learning objectives

This course provides guidance in how you can design a PechaKucha presentation and feel at your best while giving such a presentation, building on knowledge and skills from theatre, performance circuit and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). After the course you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of visual storytelling and making clear, powerful, memorable presentations.
  • Know how to effectively control your own and influence other people’s emotions while presenting, using the spoken word (paraverbals, tone, timing, pace and pitch, emphasis).


This course is conceptualized as part of the goals of the EGSH PhD Council Social and Media Committee to increase representation and reach. The Social and Media Committee together with the Graduate School designed this coursefor PhD candidates and others interested to learn more about presenting and influencing an audience through PechaKucha. The PechaKucha method contributes to the general presentation skills that are taught in our Self-presentation: focus, structure, interaction and visualization course by further discussing and practicing the application of story-telling and the underlying principles of PechaKucha, namely imagery and the effective use of the spoken word.

Session descriptions

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Definition of key concepts
  • What does a good Pecha Kucha Presentation look like?
  • The use of paraverbals
  • Grounding and breathing
  • State management

Session 2

  • Presentation exercises
  • Body scan and breathing
  • State management
  • Four principles of grounding
  • Competency, credibility and caring
  • Content, clarity and charisma.
  • W.hats I.n I.t F.or T.hem (WIIFT)
  • The Drama Triangle
  • Do’s and don’ts when using slides
  • How to learn text and script

About the instructor

Eldridge Labinjo is a communications consultant who helps people to publicly present themselves and their work. He helps people with increasing competence, projecting credibility and enhancing charisma. He has coached many students, PhD candidates, PhD’s and professors on the fundamentals of verbal and nonverbal communication and group dynamics.

After a successful international career as a neoclassical ballet dancer, followed by 5 years formal retraining in text theatre and becoming a stage director, in 2008 he discovered the world of entrepreneurship. In 2012 he pitched and won the first Lean Startup event in the Netherlands and this propelled him into the startup culture.

He works in and around Rotterdam as a coach and storytelling, personal branding and leadership expert for organizations such as Erasmus Entrepreneur Center, Rotterdam 100, R’damse Nieuwe and Starters4Communities. Over the last years he has also worked with various high ranking elected officials in both the U.K. Parliament and U.K. regional authorities on presentation techniques.

Since 2013 he has been the external communications consultant for Unite the Unions (the U.K.’s largest union with 1.4 million members) political department candidate trainings program. He also works with senior officers as well as management throughout the organization in assessment, development, leadership skills training and general stress reduction.