As mentioned in my #lexconf2013 conference summary this post outlines my first “proper” workshop-talk experience.
Things will go wrong, more so in cases where technology is involved.* My workshop had 5 computers in total, 4 of which were kindly provided by the event organisers. Unfortunately two programs were not installed on these computers so bringing a copy of software on a key is vital. I wasted time trying to find a solution to one of the missing programs and only arrived at a partial solution in any case.
Forty-five minutes really translates into 35-40 mins adding 5-10 mins waiting for conference attendees to arrive and settle. So subtract 10mins from official talk length.
Related to timing with workshops is how important it is to focus on a limited amount of content. I was too ambitious in what I wanted to cover. This I guess comes with experience.
Wish for great plenary sessions in your conference 🙂 so that you have an interesting source of common experience which you can use to connect to your audience. It also helps to calm your nerves as you are thinking about a great plenary you have just heard rather than overthinking your impending talk.
To get a taste of my talk you can check a remixed version (resolution can be switched to high def for clearer image), many thanks to the workshop participants for their questions and feedback.
*Even giants like Google battle the tech gremlins and lose – http://youtu.be/Rd_UrSB1MAY?t=13m8s