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โ€˜๐˜ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ.ย ย ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜โ€™๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌโ€™. ย ย ๐—” ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜†.

I was speaking at a conference, and a couple of speakers before me had seriously overrun their slots.

So, before going on stage, I asked the organiser if theyโ€™d like me to shorten mine.

ย โ€˜๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต?โ€™


โ€˜๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จโ€™.

At the time, I hadnโ€™t thought about how I would do it.ย 

But I knew that I could.

Unlike some presenters, I donโ€™t have fixed content that Iโ€™m wedded to.

Iโ€™m not delivering a lecture to teach a syllabus; Iโ€™m trying to connect with and inspire the audience.ย 

This means I often add content at the last minute or even adapt my presentation while Iโ€™m delivering it.

So, shortening shouldn't be a challenge.

As I got up on stage, I realised there was only one thing for it.

Iโ€™d have to tell the audience what I was doing.

Because they could see the running order and knew that lunch would be hugely delayed.ย 

So, I used a musical analogy.

I wouldnโ€™t be playing my entire album, and I wouldnโ€™t play all the instruments.

This would be the ๐— ๐—ง๐—ฉ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฝ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ version.

It wasn't what weโ€™d planned, but theyโ€™d hear the songs, and it would be a one-off experience.

With that, I got started, and with one eye on the clock, I brought it in on time.

Helped by the fact that I said Iโ€™d do Q&A over lunch.

While Iโ€™d have loved to have had my full slot, the time constraint created something unique that received great feedback.

I think the art of presenting isnโ€™t about what makes mอŸyอŸ life easier but rather whatโ€™s going to engage the audience.ย 

Not any audience but tอŸhอŸeอŸ specific audience Iโ€™m in front of.

And if itโ€™s me versus rumbling stomachs, thereโ€™s only going to be one winner.


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