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Thank you for making "stick to your alloted time" ...

2009-03-26T17:31:00.000-07:00

Thank you for making "stick to your alloted time" #1. If everyone followed just suggestion #1, even if their presentation is rambling and nonsensical, it won't last forever. I STILL have flashbacks to the hour-and-twenty-minute snoozefest of a paper that was scheduled for 20 minutes.

An appeal to facilitators: If one of your speakers is threatening to massively violate their time limits, please, CUT THEM OFF! MAKE THEM STOP! Invite that folks can ask questions during break or whatever, but that the program must move on!



The most helpful brief advice I've had about t...

2009-03-23T16:07:00.000-07:00

The most helpful brief advice I've had about this: "It takes two minutes to read one double-spaced page." At least. A lot of presenters must have never learned this, so they imagine they can cram 40 pages into as many minutes, with time left over for Q&A.



Evie: Fair warning, this is for a specific type of...

2009-03-23T11:24:00.000-07:00

Evie: Fair warning, this is for a specific type of talk. Make sure you talk to others to figure out the particular format that's right for *your* talk. Historiann is right: know your format; know your audience.

And S: Yes, indeed. I can't believe I forgot that one. There's little more painful than watching a presenter get flustered when s/he realizes that this strategy isn't going to work out, then tries to decide on the fly (and with much shuffling of papers) which parts she is going to skip, and ends up leaving out chunks that are critical to the central argument.



Great advice! Thanks. I'm a relatively new post-gr...

2009-03-23T00:08:00.000-07:00

Great advice! Thanks. I'm a relatively new post-grad student coming back to study after 20-odd years in the business world. I've sat through (and given) plenty of marketing/sales presos, but have to do my first academic (seminar) presentation in a couple of months, so this advice is very timely - especially the suggestion in point 2 to stick to giving a lot of detail about one part of my project, rather than trying to cram it all in.



Yeah, do you ever want just to stop a speaker and ...

2009-03-21T20:34:00.000-07:00

Yeah, do you ever want just to stop a speaker and take him or her out in the hall for a minute or so? I sometimes do. (Want that, I mean. I've never actually done it.) I'd add to the list, "Don't try to read a 60-minute job talk in 40 minutes." I've seen that one. It's not pretty.



The more of this type of stuff that's out there, t...

2009-03-21T12:55:00.000-07:00

The more of this type of stuff that's out there, the better.

I was just moaning with a colleague about how when everyone gives a bad jobtalk, you have to hire people in spite of it, and then it starts not to matter at all. So keep fighting the fight for good talks!



Good advice. I think it comes down to respecting ...

2009-03-21T07:10:00.000-07:00

Good advice. I think it comes down to respecting one's future audience enough to prepare carefully and thoughtfully. And yes--shorter is better than longer. You want to leave time for questions and discussion, which will flatter your audience and allow them to make connections and to feel smart. Never underestimate the power of letting your audience feel smart--it will make them think you're a pretty clever person, too.