Mon.May 07, 2012

How to Handle Q and A

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

How do you handle Q and A?    The traditional way is to take the first 45 minutes of an hour to talk, and then stop, saying, "I'd be happy to answer your questions now."  "  What happens?    You handle a few good questions, and then the session starts to run out of gas.    Finally, there's one dumb or irrelevant last question, and the hour is mercifully over. 

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Do you give out prizes when you train? Do you sing and dance?

PowerPoint Tips

Trainers know that they have to work hard to keep the attention of their students. Recently, someone emailed me and said, I am a technical trainer… My class varies in attendee background and experience and sometimes I feel the only way I can keep their attention is with a song and dance.

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Do you turn down speaking gigs because you're not "the expert?"

The Eloquent Woman

In the recent post Do you talk yourself out of speaking--or say yes to opportunity? I was exploring the suggestion I've heard that qualified women speakers refer invitations on to men or otherwise turn down speaking gigs they might have taken. In the comments, Louise Armstrong wrote: Great question that made me squirm when I read it because I think I've been guilty of this from time to time.

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What are your questions about presentations?

Executive Speech Coach

What questions do you have about presentations and public speaking? Perhaps something that happened in a past presentation troubled you. Maybe you are preparing for a future presentation. What questions do you have? Maybe I can help you. No guarantees. But I will try to answer your questions as best and helpful as I can. I won't write your speech and I won't write an essay. Post your questions in the comments and I will address them in a future blog post.

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Fresh – and Effective – Strategies for Today’s Speakers: David Newman of Do It! Marketing Interviews Shawn Ellis

Succeed Speaking

Looking for some fresh ideas on how to get “in” with speakers bureaus? Trying to figure out what meeting planners really value in their speakers these days? And speaking of meeting planners, are they really your target audience?). These are just a few of the questions and topics that David Newman, founder of Do It! Marketing, and Shawn Ellis, founder of The Speakers Group and creator of Succeed Speaking, address during this 68-minute interview. Head over to the Do It!

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Are your site inspections losing the business?

SpeakerSue Says...

My son and his fiancee kindly invited me to join them as they visited several locations for their upcoming wedding. Because I’m always there as “SpeakerSue” and everyone is on best behavior, I never get to experience a “real” site. (It’s It’s better that way!) Here is what this mom learned about how sales people – not site inspections – lose business: 1. Sales people don’t ask the right questions.

Resumes for speechwriting

Joan Detz Speaker Services

This week, several entry-level speechwriters asked me to review their resumes. In each case I asked, “Do you have any foreign language skills?” ” In each case, they had some basic skills … in Spanish, German, French, etc. I urged them to cite those skills on their resumes. Even “reading-only” foreign language skills have value. And if you’re fluent in several languages? Make sure to note that on your resume. It’s an advantage


Pivotal Public Speaking

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience” -Oliver Wendell Holmes. … and what a wonderful accomplishment if we, as speakers, can provide that moment!! quotations about public speaking