I haven’t presented a paper at a seminar in 3 years until yesterday afternoon, during the “Strategising, Managing & Securing your Information Assets” seminar at Magellan Sutera, Kota Kinabalu.
Talking about a dry topic for 45 minutes right after lunch will always be a challenge, and this being a government (i.e. official) event, I couldn’t possibly do a Steve Riley i.e. walking around in shorts and standing on a chair ;-)
Having said that, I think the most difficult part is always the Q&A session, because:
(i) there are too many possible questions, you can’t possible anticipate them all and prepare for each one thoroughly. I preprepared answers to 2 questions which I thought was the hardest and most likely to be asked – they were not.
(ii) you have very little time to prepare an answer, in fact you are pressured to give an answer. After the question is asked, hundreds of expectant eyeballs are on you, and you are seated right in front, onstage.
Thank you organisers for the book and the delicious handmade chocolates!