Monday, May 17, 2010

The best time to speak at a conference

I've been to a good number of book conferences these past few years. I've observed the following about possible speaking time slots (with respect to the attendees):

up to 9 a.m.—too early; caffeine hasn’t kicked in for some; people straggle in throughout

11 a.m.—mind starts to wander to food

12-1:30 p.m.—competing with lunch
is like having a dance-off with Shakira
2 p.m.—digestion lethargy; they’re not nodding in agreement—just nodding off

3 p.m.—see 2 p.m.

4 p.m.—feels like the end of the day even if it isn’t; a time when many slip out

5 p.m.-7 p.m.—dinner


That means the most desirable slot is 10 a.m. Too late to be groggy, too early to be hungry or leaving.

1 comment:

Katie Davis said...

LOVE this, Marc! And it's true - I am going to ALA and want to go see a blogger I like but he's on at 8am. Uh-oh!

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