in360 Talks by Bruce Reyes-ChowAbout in360 talks

in360 talks are influenced by such popular presentation styles as Ignite!, PechaKucha, and JoPa’s 7-21. in360’s are short projected presentations meant to explore larger concepts, questions and issues through the individual sharing of particular ideas, experiences and perspectives. in360’s are not meant to provide definitive answers to expansive questions, rather, through brief “glimpses” through the lenses of particular people, in360’s are meant to provoke new thought, energize communal exploration, and encourage on-going conversations.

For each in360, using PowerPoint or Keynote, the presenter chooses 20 images which are set up to automatically advance every 18 seconds — for a total of 6 minutes. There are no remote controls, so, whether the presenter is ready to move on to the next slide or not, every 18 seconds the slide advances. Slides are made up of one image without any words. Once the first slide is started the presenter begins and at the end of the 360 seconds the audience applauds enthusiastically, the presenter leaves the platform and the next person steps up.

It is important to remember that in360 talk is only one way to present ideas in a group setting. People approach the task in a variety of ways, some use strict scripts, while others speak as the Spirit moves and the images advance. For those who are used to more traditional presentation and lecture models this rapid and rigid style can be a simultaneously terrifying and liberating experience. Kudos to anyone who takes a step of faith into a new way of sharing and  presents an in360 talk.

Ways to use in360 talks

in360s are a great ways to explore a particular issue in a short period of time.  One way to use this is in an hour session focused on one main questions:

:10 Introduction to the topic using an in360
:30 Four in360s with :01 of transition
:15 Question and Response with presenters
:05 Closing comments and acknowledgements

in360 tips and best practices

  • The Question and Response time can be done as a panel for the entire group or by putting one presenter in each corner of the room so folks can interact with one person. It may be helpful to put time limits on each questioner to ensure the time moves along at a good pace..
  • It is bets to have all of the slides on one computer using DropBox or some other mechanism for people to share images with the main organizer. By maintaining control of the presentations, you can assure that all of the slides are timed correctly and there is no time wasted for laptop switching during the transitions between speakers.
  • When requesting images, be sure that the images are large enough to be seen (at least 800px) and, if you plan on publishing these presentations be sure that folks have permission to use each image.

Using in360 talks at your event

  • I have not copyrighted the term “in360”, nor do I claim any ownership of this presentation model, so you should feel free to “liberate” this idea for your event and or gathering.
  • If you do decide to use in360s at your event, please feel free to ask any questions you might have as you prepare and please do let me know how it goes including any learnings.

EXAMPLE: in360 Talk by Laura Cheifetz on the Future of Asian American Presbyterians 

After leading an event with in360 talks as the primary presentation model, I asked Laura if she would record her talk. So we set up in the lobby of the hotel, got the laptops out and Laura repeated her in360 about the future of the Asian American Presbyterians. This is so good!


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