Public Speaking Lab

How to Manage Time During A Presentation?

We’ve all been there – you’re in the middle of a presentation, and you glance at the clock only to realize that you’re running out of time, and you’re not even halfway through your slides. Panic mode, right? Well, fret not, because I’ve got some tips to share that can save the day.

First things first, when you find yourself in this time-sensitive situation, resist the urge to talk faster or rush through your presentation. Identify the message you want to communicate with your presentation and repeat that message so your audience remembers it. 

1. Don’t rush your presentation

First things first, when you find yourself in this time-sensitive situation, the initial instinct may be to accelerate the pace of speech in an attempt to convey information quickly. However, this approach can compromise the clarity of your message. Speaking too rapidly can make it challenging for the audience to follow and comprehend the content, leading to potential misunderstandings.

2. Identify the message you want to communicate

Identify the message you want to communicate with your presentation and repeat that message so your audience remembers it. It’s a common instinct, but trust me, it rarely works. Instead, take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What is the one key point, the absolute essence of my presentation?” 

3. Emphasize your message

Now that you’ve identified that pivotal point, make it your mantra. Address your audience and let them know that time is of the essence. Say something like, “We’re running out of time, so I need you to remember this one solid thing.” Reiterate that point, not once, but multiple times.

Remember, when it comes to retaining information from a presentation, most people only remember one or two key takeaways. By focusing on and repeating that single vital message, you’re increasing the chances that your audience will remember and absorb it. It’s about quality over quantity.

So, to bring it all together, when the clock is ticking, slow down, distill your message to its core, and make sure your audience leaves with that one solid thing etched in their memory.

In summary, when time runs short during a presentation, it’s tempting to speed up and cover as much as possible. But rushing often leads to confusion. Instead, stay calm and focused. Identify your main message and emphasize it clearly and repeatedly. Prioritize quality over quantity, ensuring your audience leaves with one solid takeaway. So, next time you’re pressed for time, take a breath, slow down, and let your message shine.

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