The case for good timekeeping

I was a part of a fascinating, but frustrating, event. The topic was important, but the schedule slipped. And slipped. I realized, as a result, that maybe not everyone has the same view of timekeeping that I do, So I thought I’d make the case for good timekeeping. To me, it’s about coping with change.

In the event, one person wasn’t aware and continued to provide a second example even though the first was sufficient and time had run out. Another went on and on, repeating quite a bit, and then continued to answer questions. A session was cancelled to adapt! In this case, I blame the moderator as well.

To me, it starts with respect. This includes respect for the audience, the speaker, topic, and context. There are times when timekeeping should be lax, I believe. My first take is that the defining circumstances are when there are no people involved who aren’t already part of it, there’s not a fixed time agenda, speaker times aren’t set, and the outcome is more important than punctuality.. In other words, rare for a public event.

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