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I'm really looking forward to speaking at http://foss-north.se/2018/speakers-and-talks.html#jparadies tomorrow at 13:00. I seem to be the opening talk. I'm even almost done with my slides. I'll have about 30 slides, so around 2 minutes per slide, that should work well but it's always difficult to know how much time it will take. Perhaps I should take 15 minutes of it for a discussion?

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The 20/10 (or 45/15) rule applies at foss-north to let people move around, and to do proper Q&A.

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Usually when you have a 30 minute slot, you should aim for 20 minutes talk, 10 minutes Q&A. And whatever you do, DON'T EVER take more than the 30 minutes you're given. Supposedly there will be a session chair who'll keep you from doing that, but I've seen chairs fail spectacularly at this.

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Did I ever share my opinion on keeping each slide as simple and short as possible. Ideally you want not more than one sentence at most on each slide. Main reason is to keep audience focused on your speech rather than reading and listening at the same time and falling at both, but this also makes it much easier to estimate needed time.

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Strongly agree, taking more than your allotted time is disrespectful to both the audience and to whoever gives the next talk.

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The place that really kicked all of those ideas into our heads was military service tbh. They could actually teach a lot to the private sector about how to teach 😂

Johan Thelin Götz Bürkle Anna Carin Scheutz Lindgren Andrej Kavrzic

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