Dale asks, "Does it matter if I run a few minutes long in my presentation? The topic is an interesting one and after all, they did invite me to speak."
In a Speakout article, a publication of the National Speakers Association, 100 percent of the people poled reported they dislike speakers going overtime. Doesn't it make sense to finish early?
An inexperienced presenter will almost always run overtime. A good presenter will finish on time. You should finish five minutes early. By finishing your talk five minutes early you'll convey to your audience that their time is valuable without shortchanging them on the material they came to hear.
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