Re: Presentation time limits

Larry McVoy (
Tue, 01 Dec 1998 19:54:45 -0800

> Well, the times when I've seen a speaker go over 60 minutes, it's always
> been in the Q&A session going on a long time, as opposed to a speaker
> who actually really needed 60 minutes of monologue to present his/her
> topic.
> So perhaps as a compromise, for those speakers/topics where this is
> likely to be an issue, we can schedule a separate BOF session later in
> the day which would be pure Q&A/discussion, and which presumably only
> attract the people who were really interested in that particular topic.
> Would that work, perhaps?

I don't particularly care one way or the other, but I suspect we are
just over engineering the solution. I've been to a few conferences and
whenever this situation occurs, people just mill about in the hall way
and chat with the speaker about whatever the topic is - sometimes that
turns into dinner or lunch.

I'm at a loss as to how we would know which are the topics which will
turn into the three hour rap sessions and which are the topics that won't,
especially since the charisma of the speaker has a huge effect; a boring
speaker with a hot topic will still be standing alone at the end of an
hour while a dynamic speaker with even a so-so topic will be swamped.


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