How to prepare for your Q&A session

Speaking about Presenting

The Meet the Candidate meetings were nerve-wracking, sometimes fractious and I got more than my share of hecklers. In 2001, I was a candidate for the Green Party in New Zealand. I spent a ton of time preparing for the “Meet the Candidate” meetings. But I didn’t spend most of my time on planning my presentation. I spent most of my time preparing for the Q&A.

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3 tips for when an audience member dominates Q&A

Speak Schmeak

How many times have you sat in the audience during the Q&A portion of a presentation (either live or on the Web or phone), and felt frustrated by one audience member dominating the questions? Unlike a true heckler , the person dominating Q&A is not trying to put you down or make you look bad.

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3 tips for when an audience member dominates Q&A

Speak Schmeak

Unlike a true heckler , the person dominating Q&A is not trying to put you down or make you look bad. Like a heckler, however, this person does want a lot of personal attention which, as the presenter, you cannot give at the expense of other audience members.

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The all-in-one on graceful ways to handle Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

4 ways to handle the heckler will help with a questioner who wants to take over. Plenty of speakers can make it through their prepared remarks or presentations. But the question-and-answer session that follows can trip up even an expert speaker.

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When audience members attack

Speak Schmeak

Try reframing the way you look at audience questions, and be prepared for the tough ones, and you'll experience a lot less stress and discomfort at Q&A time. Do you ever feel like an audience member is attacking you when they ask challenging questions during your presentation?

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