That's a more aggressive response. Others see questions as criticisms of themselves or their talks. Both responses can frustrate your audience, and worse, make you look defensive rather than calm and knowledgeable.
I take a different view: Speakers should welcome audience questions, and I say the more, the merrier--and the more effective you can count your talk or presentation. So stop worrying and learn to love the Q&A, because questions mean:
- You provoked thoughts in your audience.
- They listened to you.
- You caught their imaginations, fancies or sore spots.
- They arrived with ideas about your topic and want to express them.
- You didn't overload your speech to the point where there was nothing less to say.
- People want to explore more about what you said.
- People think you have answers to something they've been searching for.
- People have knowledge to share and add to what you've said.
- Someone has the answer to something you didn't, and wants to share it.
- Some might be just starting out and need to know.
- Some might have old habits to unlearn, based on what you've said, and want to know how.
- You allowed time for inquiry, rather than filling up the time allotted.
- Someone's seeing a connection to another field, topic or focus, based on what you said.
- Some folks have real-life experiences that underscore what you just said.
- You asked for questions. Remember? They're expecting you to act like you meant it.
- You confused some people, and they want clarification, so you get a second chance to do it right.
- They want to learn what you're teaching, and repetition and discussion will help them take away the lesson.
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