When should I take questions?

When should I take questions?

That’s up to you as the presenter. You decide and tell your audience early in your presentation when and how you will answer questions. As the presenter you usually get to set the rules for your presentation.

You have several options.

Here are a few possibilities:

You might decide to take any question as it comes up throughout your presentation. You might decide to take questions at the end of each module within your presentation. You might decide to take questions near the end. Or you might decide to take questions by email after the meeting.

However, don’t deliver your presentation and end with questions.

The reason is that you have no control of the questions you get asked and the last question might be a dumb or weak question. Or the audience runs out of questions and you look around and then say “It looks like that’s all. We’re done now.”

That’s not a good way to end.

Instead you always want to end your presentation with a strong close. If you wish to handle questions near the end announce the question period by saying, “We have about five minutes for questions and then I will wrap up.

That way they know that there is a limited time for the questions and that you will have something to say after the questions.

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