Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

had a presentation run long.

I was a guest speaker at a virtual event.

My time slot was 60 minutes, but 45 minutes in, thanks to some early tech glitches and audience questions, I could see that I was running long – and I knew there was a hard stop at the top of the hour.

Two options:

#1. Talk really fast
#2. Throw out the less important parts

I chose the second option.

The audience doesn’t know what you may have left out. But they will know if it feels like they are being barraged with too much information.

The point is never to “get through your presentation.”

It’s to share information that participants can use without overwhelming anyone.