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Making the Most of Q&A

Christopher Witt —  December 4, 2014 — 1 Comment

Encourage audiences to ask questionsQ&A is one of the most engaging, powerful, and effective elements of a presentation.

And yet many presenters (especially technical experts) avoid Q&A, mostly out of fear that they’ll be asked a question they can’t answer.

Addressing your audience’s questions makes them feel like participants, not passive recipients of your wisdom from on high. Their questions let you gauge how well they understand and accept your ideas.

I used to be happy with my presentations when the audience didn’t ask any questions. Their silence, I thought, meant that they understood and agreed with what I had said.

Now I think that an audience’s lack of questions means that they are so confused or so uninterested that they can’t be bothered.

Stirring the audience up and making them want to ask questions is a good thing. Knowing how to respond in a way that feeds their interest and drives home your message is even better.

Guidelines for Handling Q&A Effectively

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woman presentingMost TED Talks are technical presentations. They educate audiences — often in an entertaining way — about scientific or technological breakthroughs. (TED stands for technology, entertainment, design.)

But most technical presentations are not like TED Talks. How can they be?

In business people simply don’t have the time, expertise, coaching, or resources ($$$) that are required to create and rehearse a technical presentation that’s on par with the TED conference presentations.

So how can people in the trenches give a successful technical presentation?

Here are 7 Tips That Working Professionals Can Use to Create Successful Technical Presentations

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