My actual presentation went well again, this time, and I burned through the material I had quickly, allowing for a lot of time for questions, which is intentional. I would rather answer questions and have a discussion than listen to myself drone on; I am fully capable of droning on when it comes to these subjects. I don’t want to over-prepare and become like some of the other workshops that run over questions because they have to fit the whole presentation in. Questions, especially with fairy tales and mythology, are important. Dozens or hundreds of people will be able to answer format, query, and submission questions, but usually the only expert in my subject area at these events is me.
So I want to allow plenty of time, but I also need to be prepared for the shock and awe effect. Because people are so new to the subject matter, they may not be able to formulate questions. Also, because of the directions I take it from the expectations, they may be busy trying to process the information so cannot come up with questions.
My solution: I’ll prepare some myths and fairy tales that I can dissect for them in real time, demonstrating what I’m talking about with the actual material. Since I teach the material so frequently, it won’t be hard, and I can just make sure to keep a collection of notes for various fairy tales and myths as part of my conference bag.