"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." Mark Twain
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To conclude this post, I'd like to appeal to the quote from Mark Twain. "The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."
I wish the speakers had applied this wisdom. I wish they had slowed down. It seems most of the speakers were given about 20-25 minutes. Instead of choosing their words and their content more carefully, they seemed compelled to squeeze a 45 minute lecture into half that time, and talked as fast as they could. The pace seemed to increase as each day of the conference progressed.
Permitting a second or two for a profound thought to sink in would have made a more lasting impression. The enthusiasm and passion were fabulous. The content deserved equal measure.