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.George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com