Presentations: When to Take Questions

Manner of Speaking

Questions from the audience are an integral part of most presentations and speakers should look forward to them. Questions mean that the audience is interested and wants to know more. Many inexperienced speakers take questions at the end of their presentations.

Email Etiquette meets I Love Lucy: Part 2

SpeakerSue Says...

Then, I start responding to my key emails and by the time I’ve finished writing one or two emails, my box is full again. By afternoon, I’m throwing emails everywhere just to keep up. The only chance you have to get your email read is to make it look appealing to read.

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Answer W5 before writing your next email

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

An excerpt on email writing from Harness the Business Writing Process and from Harness the Email Writing Process. I know those who primarily write short messages sometimes feel that following the writing process will add significantly to the time they spend writing email messages. With that in mind, I want to show you the W5 email-writing shortcut. With that in mind, let’s go through the W5 process for several email messages and do some writing.

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Answer W5 before you write your next email

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

An excerpt on email writing from Harness the Business Writing Process and from Harness the Email Writing Process : I know those who primarily write short messages sometimes feel that following the writing process will add significantly to the time they spend writing email messages. With that in mind, I want to show you the W5 email-writing shortcut. With that in mind, let’s go through the W5 process for several email messages and do some writing.

Cultural Email Differences – Do they exist? 4 Considerations….

SpeakerSue Says...

One thing that did not come up was cultural email differences. It takes just a few seconds and not only shows courtesy and manners but sets the best tone for the email. It doesn’t matter if your 20 or 70 or if your recipient is, begin at least your first email of the day to that person with a greeting. Don’t ask them questions they feel they have to answer that are just inauthentic rapport building for you.

Words and phrases to never use in email. Ever.

SpeakerSue Says...

Don’t use the phrase, “Hope this helps” in an email. On the other hand, if you want a laugh (and you don’t mind a bit of obscene language), read ScaryDuck’s post: A bit of email etiquette. ” Stay away from asking someone to “Call if you have questions or concerns.” Questions says it all. And really, you should call them if you think they may have concerns, or even questions!).

Moderators, skip the well-worn panel path with 14 creative themes and questions

The Eloquent Woman

What ifs: Moderators can push envelopes with "what if" questions, taking panelists beyond their prepared remarks. A variation: Tell a questioner asking for advice that she just got an instant advisory panel, and ask each speaker to advise her as if she were a peer.

The unexpected question: How speakers should prepare

The Eloquent Woman

The unexpected question--the one that comes out of left field and floors the speaker--doesn't just happen to you. At one screening, an eyewitness reported: When the film ended.Winfrey took to the front of the theater to take questions about race, gender, oppression and literature.

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Heaps of questions were asked and despite three breaks for questions, I didn’t get to answer all of them. If you have a question that’s not answered here or in the Presentation Guide, do ask me by writing a comment and I’ll answer it. Miscellaneous questions.

What are your questions about presentations?

Executive Speech Coach

What questions do you have about presentations and public speaking? What questions do you have? But I will try to answer your questions as best and helpful as I can. Post your questions in the comments and I will address them in a future blog post. You might also email me or post your questions on my FaceBook page (see link below). Be clear and specific with your questions and I am more likely to address it quickly.

Email Responding

The Communication Blog

discusses the often encountered problem of sending someone an email and not receiving a response. Even when you don’t ask a direct question, you expect a response of some kind. At least an acknowledgement that the email was received. And you don’t want to ask for a receipt which is generally considered inappropriate for personal email. The email asks you to do something and you don’t have the time or interest and it goes onto the back burner and eventually forgotten.

Before you recycle that presentation: 5 questions

The Eloquent Woman

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you pull that tried-and-true slide deck out for another use: How many times have you given this talk? There's nothing wrong with using a presentation more than once, and often you must do so in business situations.

How to Write the Best Subject Line Ever

SpeakerSue Says...

Readers determine if they’ll read first by checking the email address to identify the sender, then they read the subject line to see if that resonates for them. How about using a “thought-provoking” question?

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Heaps of questions were asked and despite three breaks for questions, I didn’t get to answer all of them. If you have a question that’s not answered here or in the Presentation Guide, do ask me by writing a comment and I’ll answer it. Miscellaneous questions.

Are you Scaring Your Prospects at Trade Shows and in Email?

SpeakerSue Says...

When you ask questions in an email that require your prospect to provide a thoughtful response, you scare them away. No one frightens qualified prospects and interested people away knowingly. But what you may not know is….

How To Prepare For An Interview + 15 Job Interview Tips

Matt Eventoff

1) Practice interview questions and answers – Since first grade you have heard that practice makes perfect. Answering questions is something we all do on a daily basis. Most of us begin to formulate a response prior to a person asking the entire question.

How NOT to write an “I’ll get back to you” email

SpeakerSue Says...

Instead of asking a simple question on the RFP or on the phone, the sales person is taught to say, “ And, I’ll have that for you within 24 hours ” (or whatever). The question is, who is she getting the points from? But rather than slapping everyone into the same boat, the smart company realizes that asking the simple question to the client, May I ask when your deadline is for this proposal?

Reader question: What to do when the audience buzz distracts you

The Eloquent Woman

The post brought this question from reader Vivian Leber, who's focused on her audience--and its distracting qualities: What do you suggest doing when there are a few audience members chattering away and making a distracting buzz? Share your question in the comments.

Dump the Mystery Shop to Build More Sales

SpeakerSue Says...

” Me: “What’s the first question they’re being told to ask?” ” Me: “Do they need to ask those questions in that order to get a great shop score? So if they ask those questions in that order, how exactly is that customer-centric?”

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4 Questions You Need to Answer in Your Presentation

Executive Speech Coach

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 4 Questions You Need to Answer in Your Presentation Everytime you speak you must answer four questions for your audience. This addresses the question of purpose and relevance. This addresses the question of direction. This addresses the question of detail. This addressess the question of wilde cards. Email This BlogThis! Question about presentation skills Presentation Skills Expert: Two parts to this answer: 1.

The New-Form Press ReleaseTakes Talent, Tone, Timing: Question is will client take this risk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  They compose a sticky subject head on the email to increase the odds that it is opened.    The question is: Will the client take on this kind of risk.    A follower could pose a question to be answered by other followers. 

10 Biggest Email Pet Peeves of 2013

SpeakerSue Says...

Yes, I wish that was a rhetorical question! During my workshops, Cheers and Ciao are always brought up by someone in the group, as sounding inauthentic, unless of course it’s a Brit writing or an email from an Italian counterpart. Getting an email that ends with: Your thoughts?

5 Questions to ask before you start to write your non-fiction book

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

The next question to ask is what. Print (newspaper, magazine, billboards and so on), direct response marketing (a form of print), opt-in email advertising, online (Google, Facebook and other social media ads, banner ads, multimedia ads), radio and television, and so on. In my Harness the Business Writing Process book, I focus on is the process of going from blank page to polished email, letters and reports, not on spelling and grammar.

A False Positive When Selling

SpeakerSue Says...

Having the right questions – insight-based thoughtful questions – to ensure your prospects see you thinking as a trusted partner – an advocate who will help them achieve success, will ensure that you are not reporting a false positive.

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Do you over-explain? 5 speaker tricks for using data, details wisely

The Eloquent Woman

You'll look even smarter if you save some to reveal in response to questions. Use a three-step response if you explain too much when answering a question: If you over-explain in response to a question, an issue for many women, try the three-step response: Pause.

10 Warning Signs that Your Team Needs to Update Their Email Selling Skills

SpeakerSue Says...

Here are 10 warning signs that indicate your emails are past the Use by date: Fake rapport: Opening an email with something like, How are you? No touchpoint: This is particularly important in a prospecting email. How much are your poor emails costing you and your organization?

Cultural Email Differences – Do they exist? 4 Considerations….

SpeakerSue Says...

One thing that did not come up was cultural email differences. It takes just a few seconds and not only shows courtesy and manners but sets the best tone for the email. It doesn’t matter if your 20 or 70 or if your recipient is, begin at least your first email of the day to that person with a greeting. Don’t ask them questions they feel they have to answer that are just inauthentic rapport building for you.

Email Etiquette: Proverbs and Productivity

SpeakerSue Says...

So, as a leading authority on email etiquette and productivity ( Power Sales Writing - McGraw Hill; How to Say It To Sell It! I received an email from a client marked !! Admittedly, I could pick up the phone to see if she is in her office and if I thought the question she asked was !!, Will she even check her email to see if I responded? Are your emails friendly and respectful? A friend received this email from her manager: I need X by Friday.

The Persuasive Email: 3 Quick Tips

SpeakerSue Says...

If you could change one thing about the way other people write emails, what would it be? When I ask that question during my sales writing workshops, I hear everything from: be concise. answer all my questions. don’t make me guess which email you’re responding to. The key to being persuasive in email is to respect the other person. When checking your email, see which words can be cut.

Questions, Anyone?

Speaking Of...

I'll have one hour to show and discuss Power Point slides, and answer questions. Here are my top tips on how to run a question and answer session. Time your session--know how long you plan to speak, and how much time you'll allow for questions. Never end a session with a question and answer. Be creative and entice people to stay before you answer questions. End the question period with enough time left to do this. Questions Question-Answer Session

Sell with Email? 9 Top Tips

SpeakerSue Says...

Answer the question they’re (silently) asking: Will reading this profit me any way? If you’ve left a voice message or sent a previous email and they haven’t responded, consider not mentioning it. On the other hand, if you said in your voice message, I’ll follow up with an email, you have every right to show your follow-through by writing, “Hi Sophie, As promised, here is the … &#. How do you create a message that gets read?

Speakers, you *can* say more in less time than you think. Really.

The Eloquent Woman

Save it for question time, and make sure to end your formal preso early so you leave the audience wanting more. speed visual issues message development handling questionsI train lots of data-driven presenters who resist brevity.

Email Etiquette for Sales People

SpeakerSue Says...

Friends send me appalling emails all the time. But the really bad one: (Background: The sales person first sent the email and sales proposal to an incorrect email address, using.com instead of.org.) The sales person had attached a copy of her original message, the one with the wrong email address, to that message. Her original email? Please contact me with any questions. Email etiquette for sales people?

Hulk Hogan v Gawker - Yet another company was reckless in email communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That is, they will prowl through the email. A skilled lawyer can interpret any email in any way to support the client's case. The woman featured sent email asking Gawker to take it down. The emails indicate the attitude of the Gawker team, including then-editor in chief, A.J.

Regain your Zest for life! « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

A question I’m often asked is, “How can I gain some zest in my life?” www.twitter.com/diamondpolisher Share this: Print Email Facebook Possibly related posts: (automatically generated) Keep It Moving… (11-30-2010) Tags: Confidence , Lifestyle Like Be the first to like this post.

Why your email fails to get results – and what to do about it

SpeakerSue Says...

The prospect was in a “time crunch,” she said, and didn’t appreciate being “threatened” by the email. Here is the email my new client sent to her prospect that caused the above reaction: Good Morning Sophie, This is just a friendly reminder that the rooming list for the ABC room block at the *Hotel* is due to me by 4:00PM today, April 2nd, 2012. Please let me know if you have any questions at all! Why emails fail to hit the mark.

Attract more customers: 4 must-apply ideas to improve your email

SpeakerSue Says...

If you’re using email to prospect (and who isn’t these days?) Here are 4 must-apply ideas to improve your email: 1. When you write, use this one: What do I want to accomplish with this email? Make the corrections now so that you don’t have to get home and drive back to the store (or apologize for email, send a follow-up, or lose the sale). Apply rules of email etiquette. And write good email.

Email Etiquette: Establish the rules to win the game

SpeakerSue Says...

One of the most often asked questions at my email etiquette, productivity and protocol workshops is: What’s the best way to close an email? And if I could answer that question, I would. . Tags: Email Etiquette & Productivity Add new tag business writing email etiquette and productivity email protocol

6 Ways To Counteract Your Audience's Short Attention Span

Professionally Speaking...

Ask lots of questions. Our brain processes a question differently than a straight declarative statement. When someone hears a question they automatically start formulating an answer even if they don’t verbalize it.

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Becoming CEO via Text Message

Matt Eventoff

The single biggest question I hear, whether from a political or business leader, centers on “I want to use social media like Obama.&#. My second question: “Do you have $750 million to spend?&# Pick a position, yea or nay, pick a social media topic, and there are countless statistics either confirming or questioning the validity of that position. What does this have to do with your question?

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