When should the speaker take questions?
The speaker decides and states the terms of question and answer to the audience. Depending on the circumstances of the presentation the audience might not follow the stated rules of engagement.
If it’s a sales presentation the client or prospect will likely make the rules. If the presentation is to senior management the audience might make the rules. If you are presenting to your boss and he’s a bully, guess who makes the rules.
Aside from those circumstances the speaker can attempt to set the terms of question and answer. Most of the time, the audience will respect and follow the rules.
The speaker has options and should announce the rules early in the presentation so the audience is clear.
The speaker has some options:
• Take questions at any time during the presentation
• Take questions at the end of each module
• Take questions near the end of the presentation
• Take no questions at this time.
That last one might seem arrogant yet the popular TED talks allow for no questions.