http://christianheilmann.com/2012/06/18/a-call-for-shorter-talks/ I am wondering: wouldn't it be better for conferences to offer shorter talks? Here are some reasons why.
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- http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html A really inspiring and entertaining presentation (~ 20 min.).
[HD] Steve Jobs - 2007 iPhone Presentation ( Part 1 of 2 ), [HD] Steve Jobs - 2007 iPhone Presentation ( Part 2 of 2 ) Maybe the best presentation I've ever seen (~ 80 min.).
I don't think that the length is the major problem. Even in 5 minutes, you have a lot of time to read technical specifications (as a presentation).
I suppose, the problem might be the a lack of knowledge and time for preparation. Therefore it's not focused enough.Jun 19, 2012
- I usually download presentations and watch them in VLC with playback rate increased. It's a much faster way to consume video. Note playbackRate is coming soon to Firefox HTML5 video (bug 495040).Jun 19, 2012
- Christian, you make some excellent points. None of which I can fully disagree with, however, none of which I can fully agree with too. Talks are too long if the speaker is not particularly engaging, and they are too short if the speaker is amazingly entertaining and inspirational.
One problem from an organisers perspective is that sometimes we have not seen the person talk. Will they be engaging? Will they run short? Will they run way over? Are they well prepared? etc etc
How many times have I heard 'I would love to come out tonight but I have to tweak my presentation for tomorrow', despite the speaker knowing they are speaking for the past 6 months! It seems that length of talk != better prepared!
Of course there is the shorter talks means more talks and therefore better value - exactly why I introduced the Elevator Pitch many years ago - 20 newbies get 3 minutes each. It became the most eagerly anticipated session of the lot! Was it because the talks were shorter - no, it was because it's an exciting format that the audience does not have time to get bored. Would I want an established speaker to be shorted because I am worried about possible boredom factor, again, no.
So, I guess this is like the question 'when would you like the conference to run, a weekday or a weekend?' you are always gonna get a mix of answers, the same as 'more creative talks or more techie talks?', same thing.
I think you've written a great article and I love seeing debate like this, because it keeps me alert to continuing to run the best event I can.Jun 26, 2012
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