Q & A in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Each time you make a presentation, you have a decision to make about how to handle questions. Will you announce a specific time for Q & A? Q: Which option is best? Why would you stifle that by doggedly sticking to a predetermined script?

15 Minutes - Including Q & A - A Book Review

Dahle Communication

I am sure most of you have asked a simple question: "Why are these presentations so bad?" " Well, there are a lot of reasons to be sure. His concept: no presentation should last longer than 15 minutes - and that includes the Q & A time as well.

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How you Handle Q & A Determines Your Presentation’s Success

SpeakerSue Says...

Most people are nervous enough about having to stand up and make a presentation. It’s no wonder so many people dislike even the thought of having to make a presentation! Instead – and I’ve seen this so many times in my consulting work – people depend on a strategy of hope; I hope they don’t ask me such and such! Hope is not a strategy! Don’t leave Q & A for the end.

How will you handle your Q & A?

Pivotal Public Speaking

Now, it’s time for the Q&A. If you’re like many speakers, you view Q&As in one of two ways: you dread them, worried about being caught off guard, or you breeze through them, thinking that the “real work” is behind you. Wrong and wrong, and here’s why Q&A is often the most valuable part of any presentation — it invites dialogue, provides feedback, and, when properly handled, allows you to conclude on an energetic and powerful note.

Why has British political oratory been banished to the sidelines?

Max Atkinson

My recent blogpost on the decline of oratory prompted an open letter from David Murray, Editor of Vital Speeches of the Day , with three questions that I ought to have a go at answering: An Open Letter to Max Atkinson Dear Mr. Atkinson, In the latest post on your excellent blog plainly-enough named Max Atkinson’s Blog, you applaud a writer from The Independent , for echoing your long held view that, in England anyway, the once-celebrated art of oratory is going to hell in a hand basket.

Politicians and broadcasters in the UK: collaboration or capitulation?

Max Atkinson

Now that the rights to my book Our Masters' Voices: the Language and Body Language of Politics (1984) have reverted to me, I'm planning to republish it with additional material on, among other things, how British political communication and media coverage of politics has changed during the past quarter of a century. It's quite a bit longer than my usual posts - so take your time and/or read it in bits. by taking to the hills to fight a guerilla war).

What do Liberal Democrats expect from the 'return' of Dr Death (aka David Owen)?

Max Atkinson

Surprising, yes, but I don't know if 'return' is the right word for someone who left the Labour Party to form a new one (the SDP) that would be ruled by one-member-one-vote, only to ignore his own party's majority vote to merge with the Liberals in 1988. Nor do I know if Owen's 'return' will include a speech at the Liberal Democrat conference next week. Mark Pack reminds us of Owen's depiction of the SDP - with a rather neat alliterative contrast - as the 'tough but tender party'.

0% of viewers remember all the points made in a BBC PowerPoint-style news presentation

Max Atkinson

I'd been invited to talk about PowerPoint to the Council of the Management Consultancies Association between the starter and the main course, with a Q-A session scheduled to take place after the diners had finished eating their main courses. So I ended my talk with the following clip from a BBC Television News broadcast on the financial crisis, in which business editor Robert Peston gives us a 36 second presentation from the other side of the studio.

What if no one participates?

Speak Schmeak

One of the concerns I hear from speakers is "What if I ask a question and no one responds?" A related concern, "What if no one asks questions during Q & A?" This just happened to me today during a teleseminar, so it seemed like an opportune time to address it.

What if no one participates?

Speak Schmeak

One of the concerns I hear from speakers is "What if I ask a question and no one responds?" A related concern, "What if no one asks questions during Q & A?" This just happened to me today during a teleseminar, so it seemed like an opportune time to address it.

BBC Radio 5 Live interview on the TV election debates

Max Atkinson

I would normally be far too modest to post a clip of myself appearing on a radio show (?). But Jason Blackwel l asked me via Twitter if I could make the BBC Radio 5 Live interview I did a few days ago available for people like him who are based in the USA. Luckily for him, Martin Shovel , to whom thanks for taking the time and trouble, made a copy of it and sent it to me as 'possible blog fodder' - which has now proved too big a temptation for me to resist.

Boris Johnson's Sunday morning meeting with Eddie Mair

Max Atkinson

Vivid evidence of the damage a politician can do to himself was provided yesterday morning on a TV show in which interviews play a major part, and where the producers' best hope is that an interviewee will say something - or, better still, say some things - that will attract much wider media attention than the show normally enjoys.

20th 'LibDem' blog in the 2010 Total Politics poll

Max Atkinson

As I said then, ' I can only assume that the votes came from people old enough to remember the days when I was invoved as speech advisor/writer/coach to former LibDem leader Paddy Ashdown - and who think (incorrectly) that I carried on in a similar capacity with all the leaders since then'. In any case, there have been quite a few posts likely to have been of interest to LibDems during the year - either because they mention LibDem politicians and/or discuss video clips of them in action.

Dr Cable's 'medical' diagnosis of our economic problems

Max Atkinson

I've just been doing some homework preparing a course for some high-powered economists next week. And it's probably no coincidence that, unlike most of his political opponents, he's one of the ever-decreasing number of MPs who actually had a proper job outside politics before becoming a full-time politician. 'As we've got a patient that's in intensive care, [2] it's been rescued from a disastrous heart attack [3] but it still needs the monetary steroids.

Do interviews ever deliver anything but bad news for politicians and boredom for audiences?

Max Atkinson

Regular readers will know that I have serious reservations about the way speeches have steadily given way to broadcast interviews as the main form of political communication in Britain (a selection of posts on which can be found at the bottom of this page).