[kwlug-disc] New user breakout sessions
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Fri May 7 22:55:50 EDT 2010
Raul Suarez wrote, On 05/07/2010 9:18 PM:
> --- On Fri, 5/7/10, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote:
>>> I do notice that even in our regular meetings not
>> everybody is that
>>> engaged with the presentations.
>> If this is the case, and sometimes it is, it might simply be due
>> to the length of the presentation.
> It may be because I'm a keener sitting at the front, but I haven't
> noticed the lack of engagement. On the contrary, specially when
> asking questions.
I have always noticed a lack of engagement. For some, they're just
waiting for the presentation to be over to get on to the after-meeting
kibitz. Not saying that's a bad thing.
There has always been a sufficient level of engagement by a sufficient
number of people, but I've never encountered 100% engagement 100% of
> Regarding the length: with 20 minutes presentations we would need
> to have more than one per month, which is not a bad thing but I
> personally haven't ever been bored at an UG presentation.
Discussing 20 minutes, I think, is to go to the opposite extreme. I
don't think anyone has proposed that. (As the 'main' presentation, vs.
say, a 'show & tell' item.)
It seems to me that the vast majority of presentations are 1 1/2 - 2
hours. Starting from whenever 'current business' is completed, we're
often startled when a presentation completes and it's any amount of
time prior to 9:00 PM. Even 15 minutes.
Seems to me I remember a suggestion that presentations be kept to an
hour. Best practices or something? I forget the specifics of that list
Leaving only an hour for a presentation would allow a variety of in
between bits to occur (between 'business' and 'main presentation'),
perhaps some of which new members will always find engaging. Certainly
it would create a less staid pace. Even if the time were filled with a
single 20 minute presentation, knowing the time limit up front would
create both a different feel and a different audience expectation
(e.g. less deep coverage, less complex subject, etc.). Which wouldn't
be a bad thing, just a different one.
Alternately, having 2 3/4 hour presentations might also allow a
variety of subjects, perhaps one of which new members will always find
engaging. I suspect, though, we are more often starved for presenters
than overflowing. Current circumstances, booking into next year
already (?), seem atypical. Perhaps the current trend will continue.
I'm not suggesting there's any preferred format, merely, as you point
out, there's more than one way to skin a cat.
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