Doing the Ignite presentation and chatting a little bit with Scott Berkun (who has a book coming out on public speaking) I figured I'd do a followup on another 5 minute talk and some things I learned from doing a non-Ignite, 5 minute talk. For 140 Characters Conference in LA, they started playing the music - the dreaded music - when you need to start closing down your talk. I wasn't the only speaker caught short, but since nowhere else in my world did they ever start playing music to shut me up before:) , I figure I'd share what I learned.
You can see how the talk came out here. For those who wanted to know how it was meant to close down, summary of the slides you missed..
I figured from the fact I was giving the talk people would figure out that the Bing team actually supported everything I did that evening, but next time I'll front load some of the closing message up higher. I gave this talk again as a part of an hour-long NW Entrepreneur University presentation this past week (www.nwen.org) and it was nice to be able to give Hugh his due as well as credit to the twitter-friendly nature of our PR team.
All photos here taken by http://twitter.com/adventuregirl, otherwise known as Stef Michaels. :)
Timing and pace
First, don't let Ignite presentations, hard as they are, make you overconfident. I had less than 20 slides for my 5 minute talk but what I really should have had, was 5. Maybe 10. The fact I went over 10, set me up for danger.
I also did not auto-advance the slides, as I did with the Ignite talk, which would have forced me to complete on time (I was a couple slides short)
Instead, I drilled the talk at 4 minutes and 30 seconds. This was good for keeping me brief and moving off the slides without a timer, and I believe was the reason I finished with my story intact (though my kicker slides not exposed).
Expect what happened to me, will happen to you. They will start the 5 minute clock but your slide deck won't be up. Keep talking even as you fuss with it.
This photo is more of what I looked like to myself when the camera was on me and not my laptop. Lights are super bright when you are onstage -people warned me and it is true that you really can't see any faces in the audience.
Hope this helps others in the same boat - live it vivid!