What Happens When Your Seminar Is Off Schedule?

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We have all been there. There is one speaker at your seminar that can’t seem to stay within the allotted time. What do you do?

Here is a great public speaking tip from Darren LaCroix, that also applies to seminar leaders. What happens when your seminar runs late? How do you get your event back on schedule? Be sure to communicate what you want your next speaker to do.

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Daphne Bousquet, CMP

Daphne Bousquet, CMP

For more strategies to make your workshops and seminars more profitable, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the free report "Three Simple Secrets To Making 10K In A Day With Small Workshops." Daphne Bousquet uses her 20+ years of event industry experience to create profitable event strategies and marketing for coaches, entrepreneurs, speakers and self employed professionals that want to grow their businesses with workshops and seminars. She is the creator of the Butts In Seats Virtual Boot Camp, a unique digital course that teaches you how to fill your events with your ideal audience.
Daphne Bousquet, CMP
Daphne Bousquet, CMP
Daphne Bousquet, CMP


  1. I think this a great pointer!

    I’ve been on both sides of this issue, Daphne, as a speaker and as an attendee.

    As an attendee, I dislike it when a presenter rambles on beyond his or her allotted time. It may just be a little “quirk” of mine. But in my mind, I’ve settled into a particular time frame for a particular topic and then I’m ready to move on to the next item on the agenda.

    As a speaker, it’s totally frustrating and stressful to have been assigned a designated time slot for your presentation and then have to wait it out because another speaker is running overtime. Or should I say “running at the mouth”? 🙂

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  2. Chris says:

    Great tip Daphne! I was just at an event where the speaker had 90 minutes and went about 2 hours! And it was the last presentation of the day. Needless to day, he did not do well at the back of the room!

    I love this as a good rule of thumb, start on time and end on time and if you’re unsure, check with the meeting planner or host BEFORE taking the stage! Thanks as always for this great content!
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    • Daphne Bousquet, CMP says:

      Oh no, Chris! I bet that was painful and people were looking at their watches. If you want to do well at the back of the room, it is better to finish sooner rather than later!

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