My advice is TIME EVERYTHING - and identify optional items you should be willing to cut without interfering with the flow of material. The last thing you want is for the moderator to signal that you've run out of time and you still have ten minutes more worth of material to go. Keep an eye on your own timetable and make judicious cuts when you can. It doesn't matter how smoothly your presentation goes - if you have too much material, you will end up fumbling and scrambling to wrap it up and miss important points. PRACTICE in real time and use a stopwatch.
On Feb 22, 2013, at 12:32 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> To Tom's excellent advice I'd add: Always triple-proofread any slides
> you'll be presenting, and if possible have someone else give them a
> once-over. I once co-presented with a guy talking about the "Rhythm and
> Funk" musical style (not my term, his). He made a one-letter error in
> "Funk"; I suspect he wondered why the entire class seemed to be working
> hard to suppress laughter when the slides (the error was in several of
> them) appeared on screen.
> Also, one other suggestion: if you're working from a prepared text, lift your eyes from it and make eye contact with the audience as often as possible.