PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

You’re part way through a presentation and you realize you don’t have enough time to cover everything you prepared.  If you continue at your current rate, providing the same amount of detail, time will run out before you finish.

What do you do?

Do you speed up and skim through the material, explaining things less thoroughly.  Or, do you completely skip some material?

In most cases, it is better to skip some material.  Then you can maintain a reasonable delivery rate and continue to fully explain whatever material you choose to still address.  Ideally, if possible, you don’t even let the audience know that you are skipping anything.

The alternative approach of speeding up and skimming tends to diminish the quality of the whole message.  Everything gets mentioned, but little, if anything, gets adequately covered.

Present as much as you have time to adequately cover.

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