When giving your speech do you find the red light comes on too early and that you still have a lot more that you could say? You need to go back to your preparation and once you have the speech ready, practice and time yourself several times, you may be amazed that you run over time.

Prepare yourself for cutting out parts of your speech – only you will know you have had to do this – and have your ending clear in your mind so that when you see the red light come on, you can move smoothly to your conclusion. Remember, time keeping is a very important aspect of ESC meetings.

From Speakeasy 16 – June 2000