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Old 09-28-2017, 09:26 AM
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You have to do a 45 minute presentation with no preparation right now.

What topic do you pick?

Someone on my Facebook feed posed this question and I thought it was interesting.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:30 AM
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How to bullshit your way through a 45 minute presentation with no preparation.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:30 AM
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Homebrewing. I've been brewing since Carter legalized it, and have given many presentations fairly off-the-cuff. Heck, I've even done TV shows where the only prep was making sure all the equipment and supplies were on hand.

I could also probably give a 56 minute presentation of the court cases dealing with Freedom of Religion in this country, since that is the unit I am currently teaching to my seniors.

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Old 09-28-2017, 09:46 AM
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History of the flag of Canada. I've done it in the past with prep time, but could easily do it impromptu.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:49 AM
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:52 AM
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French and Indian War; either
a) Soldiers life
b) George Washington from the viewpoint of the French
c) Money (its really about language and phrases that are still with us today)
d) Frances Slocum (OK - more Rev but still a good lesson)

These are four of the 8-10 "school programs" (usually given outside of schools if I'm being honest about it) that I have in my brain ready to perform at a moments notice.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:58 AM
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Pick a current event that you've particularly been interested in, but is not too controversial.
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:09 AM
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:45 AM
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In school, my teacher assigned us an oral book report. Of course I blew it off until the day of.

I bullshitted my way through my presentation about WWII war planes. Completely making shit up. And I got an A+ for my troubles!
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:47 AM
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As I've taught the same or similar courses for many years, I could do a pritty good job at many of those presentations with no notes.
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:14 AM
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This is my frickin’ life as a high school history/civics teacher in a chaotic school environment where I might be dropped into a strange classroom at a moment’s notice. Is it cheating to choose a topic where I recently prepared a 45-minute lesson? If not, and if I’m going for things where the topic is reasonably entertaining and I had plenty of extra stuff to fill time (most people tend to rush when doing a presentation without much preparation), I’d go with one of these:

1) the origins and evolution of Chicano lowrider culture
2) Enlightenment views of humanity’s “state of nature” and how they relate to different political systems (Hobbes versus Locke versus Rousseau)
3) gerrymandering
4) analyzing a few poems by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen
5) “Afro-Mexicans” — that is, Mexicans with significant African slave ancestry (at least a third this presentation would involve talking about colonial Mexico’s super-granulated racial hierarchies and how they persist today).

If I couldn’t cover a topic I’d done in class (more in the spirit of the OP), I guess the area where I feel like a layman expert would be democratic electoral/voting systems.

EDIT: OldGuy’s comment makes me think that teachers and the like don’t find this question very challenging.

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:21 AM
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:36 AM
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EDIT: OldGuy’s comment makes me think that teachers and the like don’t find this question very challenging.
We don't.
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:41 AM
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:48 AM
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You know, I often have to extemporize in my classes. If I have a role model as a teacher, it's James "Connections" Burke. The way my mind works, I can start talking about the main topic of my class... then come upon an interesting sidebar and start talking about that... and then be reminded of a funny related anecdote.... where was I? Okay, back to the main topic, until I hit another sidebar, or get a question that reminds me of another topic...

For that reason, I tell all my classes on Day One, "The best stuff we talk about here will NOT be on the test."

So, I not only CAN talk for 45 minutes abut things I haven't studied or prepared for, I DO it often.
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:49 AM
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I could also pretty easily do 45 minutes on a topic in scope of one of the classes I teach (computer forensics or information security management). I'm teaching forensics this semester. I just regaled my students with a thrilling trip through the NTFS file system last night. I could repeat that off the cuff today if I had to Or I could pontificate on how to respond to computer security incidents for 45 minutes pretty easily.

Twenty years ago, I could probably do a decent 45 minutes on selected William Faulkner's novels. I doubt I could do that today.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:03 PM
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How to bullshit your way through a 45 minute presentation with no preparation.
Funny. There was a (very bright) stoner kid in my debate class in high school. The best speech he ever gave was his "how to" speech on "how to BS a speech".

(Incidentally, he's now a "Friend" on Facebook, and remains very entertaining).

As for me...

If under pressure, I could ramble on about any number of topics (and easily get to 45minutes if "bullshitting" was permitted):
1) The impact of Babe Ruth on baseball.
2) The real estate closing process in Florida.
3) The reasons for the Civil War.
4) The criminal justice process in Colorado.
5) The best QBs in NFL history.
6) Nutrition and workout regimens for gaining muscle and losing fat.
7) U.S. politics in the 21st century.
8) Reasons for the rise of Trump.
9) Estate planning considerations.
10) What I would do if I won Powerball
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:10 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:12 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:27 PM
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I do 15 min a week on various distillery topics. I can do an hour easy by combining those topics. A couple of recent ones I've done:

How different fermentation bases affect the flavor and texture of the final spirit.
Still design
Process Heating and Cooling
Barrel maturation
Dust hazards and control
Distillery fire protection

After that I can talk about my opinion on lots of things at great length.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:35 PM
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Ohio Administrative Law. Of course, even for an audience of lawyers it need only be five minutes long. There is a very small number of people who will stay awake longer than that.

I could probably BS my way through several areas of American history, science fiction, science fiction in American history, and space exploration.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:36 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:36 PM
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Ohio Administrative Law. Of course, even for an audience of lawyers it need only be five minutes long. There is a very small number of people who will stay awake longer than that.
The key is to digress.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:40 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:44 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:50 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:23 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:28 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:33 PM
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I could do a few reasonably well, I think:

1) Interesting features of the solar system.
2) History of the Great Houses of Westeros (or other ASOIAF minutiae).
3) Administratively processing Logistics Technical Documentation for US Navy Submarines.
4) Morality without religion.
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:44 PM
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Basic double-entry accounting, in my natural somnolent voice. I just have to talk for five minutes and the audience will sleep through the remaining 40. They'll wake up feeling refreshed and like I did a great job!

But seriously, I could make up simple examples and T accounts that would fill 45 minutes. With digressions.
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:45 PM
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The way my mind works, I can start talking about the main topic of my class... then come upon an interesting sidebar and start talking about that... and then be reminded of a funny related anecdote.... where was I? Okay, back to the main topic, until I hit another sidebar, or get a question that reminds me of another topic...
That sounds like a recipe for some of the best teaching, and some of the worst.

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I could also pretty easily do 45 minutes on a topic in scope of one of the classes I teach
Yeah. I don't think I'm particularly good at extemporizing (whether in ordinary conversation or if I have to do a presentation about something), so I wouldn't follow astorian's approach; but there are enough things I have talked about before (and prepared for then) that I could easily fill 45 minutes talking about them now.
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:49 PM
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45 minutes without prep work?

I think I would have to talk about Middle Earth & Tolkien with some references to Mythology, Faerie Tales and the like.

Maybe Yankee baseball. I'm sure I could fill 45 minutes.

I have actually spent 45 minutes teaching 3 new hirers about the software our company used at the time, especially the strange old school green screen ERP system we used. But I'm in a different company now and people rarely need as much help with MS Office products these days.

Oh, I could do 45 minutes of Theodore Roosevelt with ease.

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Old 09-28-2017, 01:51 PM
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The key is to digress.
Oh, I can digress. I do have tales of literal lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!)
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Old 09-28-2017, 02:25 PM
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Oh, I can digress. I do have tales of literal lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!)
See, that's why I think the key to this whole question is the ability to take the topic and then use it as jumping off point to go off on long and winding tangents.

Related tangents, but tangents nonetheless. A few instances of, "Now, where were we? Ahh, yes!..."

If you do that, it's easy to eat up 45 minutes.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:11 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:15 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:25 PM
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I'd give a presentation on the National Parks and Monuments of the West. (45 minutes isn't enough time though)
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:25 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:29 PM
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I've had to do that on multiple occasions without picking the subjects. Often for much more than 45 minutes. Okay, they were topics that the organisers knew I could be expected to know something about, but still.

Right now? Completely cold? Probably Julius and Ethel Rosenberg would be easiest.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:38 PM
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Yesterday I did a 45 minute impromptu speech with no preparation about the business development process in my company, starting with how we identify contracts to pursue, what criteria we use to select them, how to analyze a Request For Proposal (RFP) from the Government, how to properly respond, internal company resources, tracking, and pitfalls of each part of these processes, having done this work for 20 years. So in short, I can spend 45 minutes discussing "how to do my job".

Or if I got to pick the subject "Failed American Firearm Designs", which I have a particular interest in, and collect as many prototypes as I can.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:48 PM
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I'm a substitute teacher. This is pretty much my life.

Today, for instance, I was presenting on the cauldron scene in the Scottish play. On Tuesday, I was presenting on the properties of parabolas and quadratic equations. On Monday, it was about physical vs. chemical changes, pure substances, and the different kinds of mixtures.

Now, if you let me pick the topic, I'd probably do an introduction to special relativity. It's really not nearly as tough as most folks think.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:55 PM
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Challenge would be stopping me at 45 minutes.

Real topic I would choose? Baseball, and why it is has been the fabric of the USA.

What I would love to talk about? Why my dog Mollie is the bestest dog in the whole world. And yes, I could do 45 minutes on that.

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Old 09-28-2017, 04:12 PM
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Oh, I could always emulate Trigger Happy TV and the recitation of the poem "5 Million".

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Old 09-28-2017, 04:24 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:39 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:53 PM
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Reading this thread makes me think we could give those TED folks a run for their money.

When my curling club has an open house, or rents out the ice for parties, I like to go in and teach the newcomers how to curl. It's for people to participate, so it's not exactly a presentation. And I've done it before, so I'm prepared. Apart from that it's exactly what the OP is looking for.
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:25 PM
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:39 PM
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