In the midst of a very interesting post by Bora about how the web can break apart the echo chamber, I came across this passage (italics mine):
As all the speakers went substantially over their allotted times all I had left was seven minutes. Fortunately for me, I had all seven (not 3.5) as the other discussant’s flight into D.C. was canceled. Also fortunately for me, this was the very last time-slot of the meeting, so nobody was in a rush to go to another session and thus everyone let me talk a few minutes longer and then remained in the room asking even more questions.
Sure, this doesn’t have much to do with the subject of Bora’s excellent post, but it pissed me off.
I can’t stand it when that happens. Why? Well:
1) It tells me that you didn’t even take the time to run through your presentation even once just to see how long it would take. If you don’t care about your presentation, why should I?
2) It’s rude to the other speakers whose time you’re stealing (ALL UR TIMEZ ARE BELONGING TO ME!). Also, if there was going to be a discussion period, you’re limiting that too.
3) You probably could say what needed to be said in less time, but you simply didn’t put the effort in to figure out how to do that concisely. There’s a good chance you’re telling me things I don’t really need to know. Most of my talk preparation involves figuring out what to cut, not putting a presentation together.
4) I’m taking the time to listen to you, you should return the courtesy and realize there are other demands on my time.
Admittedly, if you’re a bigwig, you can probably afford to ignore this, but, if you’re not, keeping this in mind is probably a good career move.