You Know The Drill
First of all, I’d like to extend an incredibly earnest “thank you” to everyone who has agreed to be a speaker this year at RTC North America. Between the call for abstracts and the deadline to post your presentations (this Friday) life often has a way of getting in the way. But it’s the week of your deadlines – and here we are in the final stretch.
Between all of the other obligations, the speakers at RTC overwhelmingly find a way to get it done. Between work, family, weekends and more – speaking at RTC takes an enormous amounts of preparation. I agree with Tim Waldock – it takes a minimum of 40 hours to prepare for a presentation at RTC. And that’s just to write the documentation and create the PowerPoint. Beyond that the best speaker still practice and prepare and anticipate many hours afterward..
Not to make you nervous or anything, but the industry peers that will be sitting in your sessions are the best in the industry. Many are globally recognized as speakers and authors themselves. So expect them to have a critical eye and ear. Whatever you do, don’t try to “dial it in”.
And with that, the deadline to hand in your presentations is this Friday! So put everything else aside and get the final polish on your presentations this week. For those of you that are preparing your excuses, the committee has already heard them all and with very little exception we’re probably not going to be sympathetic.
So what are you waiting for? Getterdone!