Journalists are trained to front-load their articles so that an editor can chop any amount off the end and still have a usable piece. Think of your talks this way and your audiences will thank you.
Great stuff from a very talented developer, Ben Orenstein of Thoughtbot. We’re big fans and soon-to-be early adopters of his HackerEngine. His new book Speaking for Hackers looks like it will provide great advice for technical speakers, those workhorse providers of conference content who are often ignored by general-interest advice books.