Imagine you are sitting in an audience, during a workshop, scheduled right before lunch. As the clock ticks, ticks, ticks, toward lunchtime… then past… What are you thinking?
Are you thinking about the presentation? Or are you hungry and thinking about lunch?
How about if you’re reaching the end of the presentation and you have another meeting, and you are expected to be there? When the presenter goes over time, does that mean his or her time is more valuable than yours?
As a presenter, you must also hold that opinion tight and respect the time of your audience. When you are the presenter, be aware of your time. Be aware of the lunch and break times. Make sure you do not run overtime.
If the workshop, presentation, or seminar starts to run over there can be many reasons. You could have planned badly, the audience could be very involved, or you may have been the victim of the presenter before you… which made you start late. You must remedy every one of those to really connect with your audience and gain their respect.
How do you keep yourself on time? Would you like to share some ideas?