Effective Presentations: Tips for Question & Answer time

Effective Presentations: Tips for Question & Answer time

Effective Presentations: Tips for Question & Answer time

Obviously, the question and answer section of any presentation is an important one, but for an inexperienced presenter, the idea of it can be fraught with angst. What if I don’t know the answer? What if someone challenges my answer and I can’t respond? What if I get the one jerk in the room who is determined to make me look like a Wally? Here are some tips on handling questions and answers when presenting.

question and answer tips

 

  1. To save being interrupted, let the audience know in advance that you are allowing time for questions at the end.
  2. Repeat questions to ensure everyone has heard them.  This also gives you thinking time.
  3. Be courteous:  look at the person asking the question and let them finish before you start answering.  Answer the question to the whole audience, not just the person who asked the question.
  4. If your answer is not satisfactory to the person who asked, don’t get into an argument, ask them to see you after the presentation for a fuller explanation.  Don’t allow them to monopolise the situation.
  5. Signal to the audience that you are wrapping up by announcing you only have time for one more question.