Speaking: 15 Minutes Or Less Per IdeaPosted: March 23, 2013 | Author: Hilary Mason | Filed under: speaking | 3 Comments »
Let’s just admit it: very few people can pay attention to anything for more than fifteen minutes straight. Take advantage of this by never spending more than fifteen minutes on one idea during a talk.
That means that if your talk is 45 minutes long, you should break it down into at least three, perhaps four different ideas that you want to explore. I find it helpful to outline my talks this way on paper before I start putting slides together.
The ideas that you choose to explore within a talk should flow naturally together; there shouldn’t be a jarring transition. And if you find yourself belaboring the same point for more than fifteen minutes, try to break it down further.
This article is part of my series of speaking hacks for introverts and nerds. Read about the motivation here.