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Q&A

Newbie speakers get a little apprehensive about questions. There’s a fear that they’ll be caught off guard – that they’ll look stupid if they don’t have an answer . . .

And they’re right … if they’re unprepared. Just like anything else in life, looking brilliant on stage takes planning.

However, if you really do know your material, prepare properly, and follow a few basic rules, you’ll find it’s the most powerful part of a presentation.

I love question and answer sessions

I love Question and Answer sessions. ‘Cause they give me a chance to shine – I can carry on a direct dialogue with my audience and make sure any concerns are addressed.

Here’s what you do. Know your subject area and identify any potential questions that might be sensitive Read More …

Questions Anyone?Boy, have I learned about this the hard way!

You decide to allow questions all during your presentation. You have a very engaged, inquisitive audience, but you never get to make your main point. You get so sidelined with concerns and side issues that you just plain run out of time. Score one for the audience!

I can remember a breakout session I conducted at a Toronto conference where this is exactly what happened. It was on video blogging: How to come across with passion and credibility on camera. The presentation relatively quickly degenerated into a discussion and I never did get back on track. 

Discussions are NOT presentations!

While I got great evaluations for a spirited and interesting session, I never got to make Read More …