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Have you ever been interrupted during your presentation as “time’s up”?

Running out of time during your presentation, is that due to lack of pace or lacking the art of curating the key points? Well, it’s hard to say. There are so many variables involved. But, in short, a solution is called for to put this to an end.

Let’s take a different approach to discuss this today. Are you ready? We know that we sometimes go too off-track in our explanation or discussion, please comment us your opinions below. We welcome negative and positive, all kinds of feedback.

Here we go.

Video of your research is similar to a movie, where you get the chance to edit every detail before presenting to the public. You have the ability to best maintain the time limit by editing the script. On the contrary, presenting your research in front of an audience is like playing in a theater. It’s a live play. There’s no chance of getting corrected if a mistake happens in the middle. In this case, the only way to control your time limit is to practice it beforehand.

Certainly, there are pros and cons in both the sides. The ambiance of the conference could impact your Presentation. You have no control of the technical hurdles that the convention center has to provide. And it's not to forget that your last night’s fatigue from travel could hinder your best on-stage performance. Sometimes, the audience likes to see the real actors playing. From the actors’ perspective too, the actors feel that exuberance when acting in front of real audience. In the case of the theater play, the actors control the throttle of the story-telling.

In terms of creating a movie, several failed behind-the-scenes are never presented but those do carry significant value in terms of the quality of the final product. There are so much more can be presented easily in a movie such as show-casing a non-human creature giving birth, using camera effects to explain a phenomenon, bringing a complex scientific finding into a vivid description. A movie can be played as many times as possible with the exact same content and style but the same theater play will not be the same.

Abstract Tube

Let’s dive into the abstract part in both the cases. The abstract part or the central theme of the story remains the same irrespective of the way it was presented. Therefore, an abstract video (or a trailer) serves the common purpose of a theater play or a movie.

Now, let’s get back to the original question we started with, the interruption during a presentation as zero time left. It’s better to compare the presentation as live play. As we understood that the interruption in a theater play is inevitable, the only thing the presenter can do is to exert every effort to cut short the ending slides. What if the abstract video of the study or research could be played to the audience before every live presentation, so that core points could have been covered in the abstract video? End slides left to cover won’t much matter if the abstract video renders you the main take-home messages.

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