Last week before I quickly rushed off to Kent I presented the first draft of my symposium. I wasn’t happy with having to present something to rushed and not ready to actually be read aloud. I also wasn’t prepared visually: with a topic that in its nature isn’t really visual there weren’t any pictures I could point to exactly. I wasn’t there for my feedback, but George emailed me what my peers thought and his own comments as well:
• A lot of research/content but a bit overwhelming
• too factual and a lot to keep up with – a few more pauses/breaks may help
• elaborate on certain points further
• a lot of information perhaps make it more digestible – cut down on a few points.
I can see where they are coming from, but personally I would say that ‘signposting’ things during the presentation would help more than cutting things out. In other words help the audience to find their way through it – “so i’ve talked about this .. and now I’m going to explain this … , and you can see how they connect.” or something to that effect.