Keep presentations to just 9 minutes

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Research shows workers waste an average of more than 2½ hours a week in unnecessary meetings. The reason is Parkinson’s Law: the amount of time given for a task is the amount of time it will take. If given 30 minutes to give a presentation, it will take 30 minutes.

In most cases, the solution is a nine-minute presentation, professional speaker Kevin Karschnik writes. It may take longer to prepare a shorter presentation than a long one, but it will save many man-hours over a longer meeting.

Take the time to develop a concise structure, engage the audience with questions or personal information, and hold their attention for the full nine minutes. They’ll thank you.

— Adapted from “What can you accomplish in 9 minutes?” Kevin Karschnik, SmartBlog on Leadership.

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