Brevity and clarity is hard work

I’ll be speaking at Facebook South Asia safety summit in Delhi on Monday.

Right now, I’m in Delhi and preping for my first talk in Pecha Kucha format. It’s simply creating 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Total speaking time of 400 seconds or 6 minutes 40 seconds. Slides should preferrably have images and may be few words. No bullet points.

Brevity and sharpness is real hard work. I thought 400 seconds is easy. I am completely wrong and rudely surprised.

There’s a famous story about Einstein.

When he was requested to do a 10 minute speech he had asked for few days to prepare. The organiser then asked “how much time would you want to prepare if I asked you for a 2 hour speech?”

Einstein had said “if it is a 2 hour speech I can do it right now.”

Brevity and clarity is extreme hard work. I had to keep on removing ideas and thoughts until there was nothing to remove. Some of the ideas were hard to let go. But that is exactly why I have to do it.

As Dileepa Abeysekara said in his workshop,”to be a good editor you have to let go of your darlings.”

Business Consultant – Social technopreneur – Educationist

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