Recently, I had to prepare a presentation about my pilot study. It took me one year to do this project, one year to obtain an adequate overview of the literature in my field, take a theoretical stance, plan my research, fulfill the ethical requirements, find a participating organization, apply the instruments, analyze the data, determine the conclusions and write it all up.
During this time, I had to deal with academic and personal issues. It was a tough (but satisfying) job.
Summarizing all of it to make it fit a 15-minute presentation was a tough (and not so satisfying) job.
There is so much I would like to say! I read so much! I had to overcome so many challenges! I found so much interesting data! I have so many questions for future research!
I know, I know. Synthetizing is a skill that all researchers should have. Not everyone in the audience is interested in all the little details. Some (most?) just want to learn the key points. I understand. I am the same when it comes to topics that do not relate to my main interests.
I did manage to condense my work. I just did not like doing it.
– Brenda Padilla