To hold you over in the meantime, here are the blog's best posts on handling questions, another in our "all-in-one" collections:
- Lots of speakers overprepare, and blame it on the questions they might get. Do you overprepare for speeches? walks you through some alternatives that will get you ready without making you anxious.
- Like new media tools when you present? Engage your audience with new media tools recommends you save room for the questions--and put them up front. If anything, social media has helped audiences get more, not less, eager to participate when you speak.
- Getting no questions? The audience may have checked out, so check what to do when you're losing the audience to change your tactics midstream.
- One part of questions is hearing them. How to listen to audience questions offers you an example from no less a speaker than President Obama--and his tactic allows time to think while engaging the questioner.
- If your questioners can't get a word in edgewise, read Speakers: 7 reasons I want you to speak less.
- Do you think you have too much content and too little time? When you've got lots to say, save it for the Q-and-A. You'll look smart and so will your audience.
- Are questions derailing your presentation--or getting it off track? Graceful ways with Q-and-A help you answer, then steer back to your topic. 4 ways to handle the heckler will help with a questioner who wants to take over.
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