DEMOmobile Hint-To-Success #9
Aim and practice to finish in under 6-minutes. During your rehearsals (and I hope you are serious about your rehearsals), if you aim to finish in 5:30, then you give yourself a little float time in case something doesn't go as planned. You might even aim to finish in 5:15 to be safer. It is better to finish early than finish late.
Don’t even think of going over on your time whether you are on stage or giving a 1-minute mic spot. If you have to be escorted off of the stage or have the mic pulled from your face, you have lost any chance for an award. All the positive feelings you have created in the audience during your demo can turn negative in a heartbeat. Remember, finish in 6-minutes or less!