Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to take questions

You do know I write about public speaking sometimes just to bug you, right? People would rather eat spiders than face an audience--but this choice is rarely offered.

Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, talks about what to do when your talk is over--the Q&A period.

Ben Decker, an executive at Decker Communications, was quoted as advising speakers not to say, "That;s a good question." He said that is just a plea for more time to think.

Don't be afraid to pause and think.

If you get an aggressive questioner, try to stand by him or her facing the same way. Try some stories to change the subject.

Also don't let people make a big speech of their own.

Never argue with an audience member.

Much less fisticuffs.

Ah, speaking, gotta love it.

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