Masayoshi Takahashi – The Takahashi Method

About five years ago, Masayoshi Takahashi, a computer programmer in Japan, had to give a 5-minute presentation at a conference. He wanted a way to get his message clear and powerful in such a short time.

Unfortunately, at that time, he did not have software like PowerPoint. He did not have access to photos or drawing programs either. So he was stuck with text.

Still, he wanted to be different. He wanted to be effective.

So he went big with the text. Really big. And thus was born the Takahashi method.

For this, he had to identify the best word for each concept/slide as he took the audience through his presentation. The words or phrases resemble newspaper headlines rather than sentences which must be read. His slides, though they are all text, are visual, visual in the sense that they are instantly understood and support his talk.

As he says, if you have bullets or sentences, the audience will read those and may miss what you are saying.

The Takahashi Method

The Takahashi method – title slide

Four Points

4 points – here he discusses four benefits of using the method

First point

(1) – the first point is that…

Easy to see.

easy to see – …it is easy to see.

This method provides clear visual support for the audience and helps make the content more memorable. While it may not be a perfect method or applicable in all situations, it is still far better than the method used in most presentations. Many slide presentations consist of boring reams of bulleted text (used later or simultaneously as “handouts”) which many people can not read since the text on screen is too small (though that rarely keeps people from trying to read the slides anyway).

Sources and more information:

http://www.rubycolor.org/takahashi/takahashi/img0.html

http://use.perl.org/~autrijus/journal/26877

http://redhanded.hobix.com/inspect/takahashiMethodSpreads.html

http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2005/09/living_large_ta.html

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  1. […] some are blazing completely new presentation trails. An example is the Takahashi method , created by Japanese programmer Masayoshi Takahashi, where each slide consists of a single word in […]


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