[ASC-list] No no no - not keep speakers to time, but stop boring speakers in their tracks! Speaker control

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Tue Feb 1 06:37:09 UTC 2011


Hi Helen, Phil, Jan, Will et al

Your suggestions cover many possibilities, but I'm after something  
different: an instrument to cut boring speakers off.

It would consist of 10 remote control devices and a master panel on  
the speaker's podium.  The master panel has a row of 10 small LEDs.

The idea is that 10 people in the audience are given a remote control  
unit; and when they decide they would like the speaker to stop, they  
press a button.

This causes one of the 10 lights on the control board to come on, and  
when (say) 6 lights are on, the speaker must sit down immediately.

So - who could be commissioned to make one of these?  What would be  
the best way of doing it?.

Think Red Symons and the gong on "Red Faces".

(On the different issue of keeping speakers to time, Helen Sims' idea  
works well.  That's the one where the chair first styands to indicate  
the speaker is in their last minute, and when time is up, begins to  
walk towards the speaker.)

Toss G






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On 01/02/2011, at 5:04 PM, Phillip Arena wrote:

> Along Helen's lines, it often works well, when a convenor/MC gets up  
> in the last minute (which serves as a visual reminder) and then is  
> able to wind it up by saying, "OK, before we thank.....are there any  
> questions?"
>
> Phil
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au on behalf of Helen Sim
> Sent: Tue 2/1/2011 12:58 PM
> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Speaker control
>
> I suggest using a threatening MC for each session. At five minutes to,
> they give the wind-up signal. At one minute to, they stand up and
> advance towards the lectern to introduce the next speaker.
>
> If all else fails, cut the power to the speaker's mic and and  
> projector.
>
> cheers,
>
> Helen
>
>
>
>
> On 1/02/11 2:47 PM, Adam Barclay wrote:
> > I've not tried this, but might it work if the organisers told  
> speakers
> > they have, say, 12 min each when in fact 15 have been allocated?
> >
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> >     Message: 1
> >     Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 10:17:37 +0800
> >     From: "Phillip Arena" <P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au
> >     <mailto:P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au>>
> >     To: "Jan Thomas" <jan.thomas at amsi.org.au
> >     <mailto:jan.thomas at amsi.org.au>>, <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>>
> >     Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Speaker control
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> >     One of the most effective methods of time management is when the
> >     'convenor' of the session simply holds up his/her hand/fingers  
> to
> >     indicate the time left. At a  well-organised conference, the
> >     speakers of each session briefly meet each convenor (or they
> >     simply know who it is once the convenor introduces the session).
> >     Speakers are then told that fingers are held up towards the  
> end of
> >     each presentation to indicate how much time is left (usually 3
> >     fingers for 3 mins and 1 finger for 1  min).
> >
> >     Regards
> >
> >     Phil
> >
> >
> >     -----Original Message-----
> >     From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au> on behalf of Jan  
> Thomas
> >     Sent: Mon 1/31/2011 6:11 PM
> >     To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     Subject: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >
> >     I have used a small bell and a big bell of the type the nuns  
> used
> >     to use in the school I was at.
> >
> >     Small bell is preliminary warning eg 2 minutes to go - a nice
> >     polite tinkle. After that it's the big bell. In the modern world
> >     this may not be sexy but it sure as hell works!
> >
> >     Cheers
> >
> >     Jan
> >
> >     Jan Thomas
> >
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> >     Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences
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> >     Message: 2
> >     Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 13:23:20 +1100
> >     From: Abigail Thomas <Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au
> >     <mailto:Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au>>
> >     To: 'Phillip Arena' <P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au
> >     <mailto:P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au>>, Jan Thomas
> >     <jan.thomas at amsi.org.au <mailto:jan.thomas at amsi.org.au>>,
> >     "asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>"
> >     <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>>
> >     Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Speaker control
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> >     We tried the in-ear feedback system a few years ago for a Caf?
> >     Scientific, and the guest speakers and host said they hated it.
> >     They said it was too distracting to have someone buzzing in your
> >     ear, as well as be listening to the other panelists.
> >     Just a thought.
> >
> >     Abbie
> >     (ABC Science Events)
> >
> >
> >     From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au>] On Behalf Of  
> Phillip Arena
> >     Sent: Tuesday, 1 February 2011 1:18 PM
> >     To: Jan Thomas; asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >
> >
> >     One of the most effective methods of time management is when the
> >     'convenor' of the session simply holds up his/her hand/fingers  
> to
> >     indicate the time left. At a  well-organised conference, the
> >     speakers of each session briefly meet each convenor (or they
> >     simply know who it is once the convenor introduces the session).
> >     Speakers are then told that fingers are held up towards the  
> end of
> >     each presentation to indicate how much time is left (usually 3
> >     fingers for 3 mins and 1 finger for 1  min).
> >
> >     Regards
> >
> >     Phil
> >
> >
> >     -----Original Message-----
> >     From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au> on behalf of Jan  
> Thomas
> >     Sent: Mon 1/31/2011 6:11 PM
> >     To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     Subject: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >
> >     I have used a small bell and a big bell of the type the nuns  
> used
> >     to use in the school I was at.
> >
> >     Small bell is preliminary warning eg 2 minutes to go - a nice
> >     polite tinkle. After that it's the big bell. In the modern world
> >     this may not be sexy but it sure as hell works!
> >
> >     Cheers
> >
> >     Jan
> >
> >     Jan Thomas
> >
> >     Executive Officer: Australian Mathematical  Sciences Institute &
> >     Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences
> >     jan.thomas at amsi.org.au <mailto:jan.thomas at amsi.org.au>
> >     61-3-8344 1774 (office)
> >     041 900 6205 (mobile)
> >     61-3-9349-4106 (Fax)
> >
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> >     Message: 3
> >     Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 10:38:39 +0800
> >     From: "Phillip Arena" <P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au
> >     <mailto:P.Arena at murdoch.edu.au>>
> >     To: "Abigail Thomas" <Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au
> >     <mailto:Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au>>,       "Jan Thomas"
> >     <jan.thomas at amsi.org.au <mailto:jan.thomas at amsi.org.au>>,
> >     <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>>
> >     Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >     Message-ID:
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> <95CE8520694325479ABB7AE16B36F1B805F1DA8A at PLUTO.ad.murdoch.edu.au
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> >     I agree, buzzing in the ear is distracting.
> >
> >     I'm presuming speakers know the length of their presentations
> >     ahead of time (I'm having a flashback to my first presentation
> >     back in 1989 at the First World Congress of Herpetology where  
> I'd
> >      had my presentation whittled to 11.5 mins!....oh, and they used
> >     the 3 coloured light system that time).
> >
> >     Speakers then are also reminded (eg. in the introduction to each
> >     session) that they will be notified (in some form) when they  
> have
> >     say, 1 minute left.
> >
> >     Reminders will serve to more 'prepare' each speaker to  
> potentially
> >     being cut off without turning to mush.
> >
> >     Phil
> >
> >
> >     -----Original Message-----
> >     From: Abigail Thomas [mailto:Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au
> >     <mailto:Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au>]
> >     Sent: Tue 2/1/2011 10:23 AM
> >     To: Phillip Arena; Jan Thomas; asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     Subject: RE: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >
> >     We tried the in-ear feedback system a few years ago for a Caf?
> >     Scientific, and the guest speakers and host said they hated it.
> >     They said it was too distracting to have someone buzzing in your
> >     ear, as well as be listening to the other panelists.
> >     Just a thought.
> >
> >     Abbie
> >     (ABC Science Events)
> >
> >
> >     From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au>] On Behalf Of  
> Phillip Arena
> >     Sent: Tuesday, 1 February 2011 1:18 PM
> >     To: Jan Thomas; asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >
> >
> >     One of the most effective methods of time management is when the
> >     'convenor' of the session simply holds up his/her hand/fingers  
> to
> >     indicate the time left. At a  well-organised conference, the
> >     speakers of each session briefly meet each convenor (or they
> >     simply know who it is once the convenor introduces the session).
> >     Speakers are then told that fingers are held up towards the  
> end of
> >     each presentation to indicate how much time is left (usually 3
> >     fingers for 3 mins and 1 finger for 1  min).
> >
> >     Regards
> >
> >     Phil
> >
> >
> >     -----Original Message-----
> >     From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> >     <mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au> on behalf of Jan  
> Thomas
> >     Sent: Mon 1/31/2011 6:11 PM
> >     To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au <mailto:asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> >     Subject: [ASC-list] Speaker control
> >
> >     I have used a small bell and a big bell of the type the nuns  
> used
> >     to use in the school I was at.
> >
> >     Small bell is preliminary warning eg 2 minutes to go - a nice
> >     polite tinkle. After that it's the big bell. In the modern world
> >     this may not be sexy but it sure as hell works!
> >
> >     Cheers
> >
> >     Jan
> >
> >     Jan Thomas
> >
> >     Executive Officer: Australian Mathematical  Sciences Institute &
> >     Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences
> >     jan.thomas at amsi.org.au <mailto:jan.thomas at amsi.org.au>
> >     61-3-8344 1774 (office)
> >     041 900 6205 (mobile)
> >     61-3-9349-4106 (Fax)
> >
> >     Australian Mathematical  Sciences Institute
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> >
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