20 Excellent Minutes Inside 30 Mediocre Minutes

by Dwayne Phillips

“Omit needless words,” still holds true. Sometimes in a different form.

I just listened to a 30-minute talk. The context isn’t important. What is important is there were 20 minutes of excellent talking in those 30 mediocre minutes. Cut this, cut that, don’t repeat that. Omit needless words.

This is one of the reasons for the excellence in the TED talks. There are editors behind the scenes. They listen to the speakers practice. They cut, cut, and cut more. They omit the needless…