CHAMPION STRATEGIES – PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP – MARCH 18, 2021
How to Handle That Dreaded Question & Answer Period
Many presentations today are followed up with a question and answer period. To some people this can be the most exciting part of the presentation. To others it can be their worst nightmare. In fact, there are some presenters who purposely avoid the question and answer period all together. Below I have provided a 5 step approach to handling questions along with some additional tips to make your next question and answer session go smoother.
- Listen to the entire question
Listen to the entire question BEFORE you begin to answer any questions. Too many people start responding to a question before the entire question is even asked. Not waiting to hear the entire questions can result in you providing a response which had nothing to do with the question. Force yourself to LISTEN to the entire question and make sure you understand the question.
- Pause and allow yourself time to value the question and listener. REPEAT the question out load so the entire audience can hear it. It is important that everyone “hear” the question or the answer you provide may not make sense to some of the people. By repeating the question, this will allow you some additional time to evaluate the question and formulate a response.
- Credit The Person for asking the question. You may say something like, “That was a great question” or, “Glad you asked that question” or even, “I get asked that question by many people”. One word of caution. If you credit one person with asking a question, be sure to credit EVERYONE for asking a question. You don’t want people to feel their question was not as important.
- Respond to the Question honestly and the best you can. If you do NOT know an answer to a question, do not try to fake it. Be honest, and tell them you do not know but DO promise to research the answer for them and DO get back to them.
- Bridge to the next question by asking them a question. “Does that answer your question?”, “Is that the kind of information you were looking for?”. This is critical.. Once they respond to you, “YES” you now have permission to go on to the next person. This also gives them one more opportunity to say, “No” and allow them to clarify their question more by asking it again.
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