How to prepare for your Q&A session

Speaking about Presenting

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. I knew this would be the most important part of my performance, and where I was most likely to get hammered if I wasn’t prepared. And because I’m an introvert, thinking on my feet is not a natural strength.

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Sign up now for Tuesday's Q&A call!

Speak Schmeak

Quick reminder: The next AskLisaB coaching Q&A call is January 11 -- have you submitted your question? If you'd like to know what the calls are like, you can get a free taste here. Sign up now to participate in the next call at 10 a.m. PST on Tuesday, January 11. Then mark your calendars for the same time on the second Tuesday of each month. You don't have to be live on the call -- all subscribers will receive a recording and all resource materials after the call.

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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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ATD Virtual Conference Q&A with Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte

Duarte Blog

During the 2020 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Virtual Conference, Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte gave a keynote titled, “Influence Through Story.” ” They spoke about the power of story and how you can use it to increase your influence and impact. You can read the blog post summary of the keynote here. The chat room [.] continue reading. The post ATD Virtual Conference Q&A with Patti Sanchez and Nancy Duarte appeared first on Duarte.

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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 4 of 4: Q&A Session

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

By listening to the Q&A you’ll hear comments and opinions about many aspects of the first day of the Ragan Speechwriters conference. In this fourth and final edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, we hear from the callers who had comments and questions. Helping me respond to callers questions is MasterCard VP Douglass Hatcher. By listening to the Q&A you’ll hear comments and opinions about many aspects of the first day of the Ragan [.]

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Never end your presentation with Q&A.

More than PowerPoint...

Never end your presentation with a Q&A. Got that? Don’t end your next presentation by saying, “Any questions?” ” There’s no need to announce that it’s time for questions and answers. You can do better. Always plan a strong closing. If you’re planning a Q&A session, you can have it near the end, but not at the end. Answer audience questions, then deliver your closing statement.

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Guest post: 5 Tips for Conquering Q&A

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

“What Questions do you have for my answers?” – Henry Kissinger. When roles are reversed, and audience members are handed the microphone, many public speakers turn a brighter shade of purple. But this article will outline 5 practical steps for beating Question & Answer Sessions, and help you leave the stage as victor. But first, the preliminaries: Questions and Answer sessions have become routine with many forms of public speaking and will often be expected by a host.

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Answering Q&A questions and the path to wisdom…

More than PowerPoint...

Ah, Q&A. The “question and answer” portion of your presentation, where anything can happen! Instead of dealing with a Q&A hog , let’s say someone in your audience asks you a brilliant question. It’s timely and topical! It’s directly related to your content! At this point, your answer can fall into three categories. Hey, I know all about that! I don’t know, but I can find out. I don’t know. Each category comes with its own set of challenges. Let’s explore each.

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Designer Q&A: Pushing the Limits of PowerPoint Animation

Duarte Blog

When it comes to animating in PowerPoint, there’s a spirit of one-upmanship here at Duarte. Every so often, one of our designers will share an amazing animated piece that they made entirely in PowerPoint. This kind of experimentation leads to innovation and discovery of new techniques that we employ in our work for clients. It’s [.] continue reading. The post Designer Q&A: Pushing the Limits of PowerPoint Animation appeared first on Duarte.

Sign up now for Tuesday's Q&A call!

Speak Schmeak

Quick reminder: The next AskLisaB coaching Q&A call is January 11 -- have you submitted your question? If you'd like to know what the calls are like, you can get a free taste here. Sign up now to participate in the next call at 10 a.m. PST on Tuesday, January 11. Then mark your calendars for the same time on the second Tuesday of each month. You don't have to be live on the call -- all subscribers will receive a recording and all resource materials after the call.

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Next AskLisaB Q&A call is 12/14 -- and it's FREE!

Speak Schmeak

This Q&A-based subscription call-in program runs once a month and will address all your public speaking questions. You have questions? I have answers! My next AskLisaB Q&A call is Tuesday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST , and it's FREE.

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Twitter at Conferences: Beyond Q&A

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Twitter is increasingly used as a way of engaging the audience beyond the usual moderated Q&A session. Comments and questions are projected onscreen during a panel discussion. Here’s an example from the Silicon Valley Brand Forum where the event ended with a panel discussion. Comments and questions from the auditorium as well as people following along [.].

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Twitter at Conferences: Beyond Q&A

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Twitter is increasingly used as a way of engaging the audience beyond the usual moderated Q&A session. Comments and questions are projected onscreen during a panel discussion. Here’s an example from the Silicon Valley Brand Forum where the event ended with a panel discussion. Comments and questions from the auditorium as well as people following along [.].

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New MICE.net article: Q&A

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

There’s a new issue of MICE.net magazine on the streets. This issue, my column questions the ancient convention of Q&A (the event kind, not the Tony Jones TV show that sends Twitter into hyperdrive). Sometimes, meetings are no place for democracy.

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Creating the Speech for your Message - Q&A

Speak and Deliver

Follow up Facebook Live Q&A. Get your 30 minute consult by emailing me at rich.hopkins@gmail.com. Don't let 2019 go by without you finally getting your message on stage

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Q&A Tips for Speakers – How to Turn Terror into Triumph

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I have noticed that many speakers dread the traditional Presentation Question Time slot at the end of their presentation. When I ask them why this is, the most common reasons given are: Fear of losing control. Fear of being asked difficult questions. Fear of not knowing the right answers.

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5-Question Q&A about the freelance writing business

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Recently I was interviewed about the freelance writing business. The information will not be available online, but I have posted here the questions I was asked and my answers to them. Marketing Your Services

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Twitter at Conferences: Beyond Q&A

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Twitter is increasingly used as a way of engaging the audience beyond the usual moderated Q&A session. Comments and questions are projected onscreen during a panel discussion. Here’s an example from the Silicon Valley Brand Forum where the event ended with a panel discussion. Comments and questions from the auditorium as well as people following along [.].

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Next AskLisaB Q&A call is 12/14 -- and it's FREE!

Speak Schmeak

This Q&A-based subscription call-in program runs once a month and will address all your public speaking questions. You have questions? I have answers! My next AskLisaB Q&A call is Tuesday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST , and it's FREE. But sign up now , because those who get their questions in first get their questions answered first! Subscribers will receive an audio recording of each month's call, plus any additional resources associated with that month's topics.

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How long do you plan for Q&A?

More than PowerPoint...

Q&A — questions and answers — is my favorite part of any business or training presentation. I’m curious. I like hearing what’s going on in the heads of the audience. I like learning from the audience every bit as much as learning from the presenter. When I give a presentation or training session, I almost always plan for Q&A. I first offer the audience some content to chew on, so that we can enjoy a conversation near the end.

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How not to conduct Q&A

Speak Schmeak

(For some reason, this video is no longer showing up, so you can find it here.) Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. How exactly is this an "excellent question?" Could he have waited any longer to express his "respect" for Senator Clinton? Could he perhaps NOT have laughed at the joke and instead defused the situation by insisting on respectful language?

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Have you submitted your questions for my next Q&A call?

Speak Schmeak

You have questions? I have answers! My next AskLisaB Q&A call is Tuesday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST , and it's FREE. But sign up now , because those who get their questions in first get their questions answered first!

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Graceful ways with Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

Two readers recently posed questions about what to do when your presentation veers off-track because of audience questions? Put another way: Is there any way to get the audience in line with your presentation? You'll need to float like a butterfly, not sting like a bee.

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“Public Speaking Expert Q&A”

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Bank of America has posted its interview with me: “Public Speaking Expert Q&A: Giving speeches that help grow your business.” ” The article appears in BoA’s online Small Business Community: [link].

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Losing your fear of Q&A: 7 reframes and tactics

The Eloquent Woman

In the February webinar I did with the editors of Technically Speaking , I was taken aback when some of the participants--including one of the hosts--confessed that they plan to fill all the time allotted to ensure that there's no time for the part of the speech they dread the most: Questions and answers. I'm a staunch advocate of leaving time for audience questions. In my view, it should comprise fully half of the time allotted for your talk.

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The passionate scientist: Doing Q&A like Neil deGrasse Tyson

Presentation Zen

Communication experts such as Jerry Weissman and Granville Toogood suggest that presentations should be delivered less like performances or speeches and much more like conversations.

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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? Perhaps this person has several questions that go on and on, or perhaps she doesn't have a question at all and tells long stories.

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How to Have an Excellent Q&A Session During Your Presentation

SketchBubble

No matter how seasoned a speaker might be, the one thing that can usually strike fear and panic into just about anyone is the dreaded Q&A session. And it makes sense, because no matter how prepared you are for the rest of your presentation, the Q&A hands over that control to the audience members. Or […]. The post How to Have an Excellent Q&A Session During Your Presentation appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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Awkward Silence during Q&A – Presentation Advice

TJ Walker Interactive

Don’t let a lack of questions during Q&A defeat you. TJ Walker, founder of The Pitching Well and Public Speaking consultant, offers some suggestions on what to do when you finish your financial pitch or business presentation and the audience doesn’t ask a question. For more advice on Public Speaking and Pitching check out [link]. For [.]. Pitching Public Speaking Skills Video pitching advice public speaking

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When should speakers choose Q&A format versus a speech?

The Eloquent Woman

It''s commonplace now for speakers to be presented in an interview format--no formal remarks, just questions and answers with a moderator or interviewer. But is it an advantage? How do you weigh whether to agree to Q&A versus a formal speech? Let me be the first to point out that the format for your speaking may not be your choice. Organizers may need to use one setup for many speakers, or may prefer a less or more formal atmosphere, and they''re calling the shots.

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How to stop a boorish Q&A Hog in 3 easy steps

More than PowerPoint...

I recently attended a terrific, high-powered panel presentation that unfortunately became hijacked by what I’ll call “a Q&A hog.” You’ve probably witnessed a Q&A hog in action at a conference or presentation.

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Have you submitted your questions for my next Q&A call?

Speak Schmeak

You have questions? I have answers! My next AskLisaB Q&A call is Tuesday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST , and it's FREE. But sign up now , because those who get their questions in first get their questions answered first! This Q&A-based subscription call-in program runs once a month and will address all your public speaking questions. Subscribers will receive an audio recording of each month's call, plus any additional resources associated with that month's topics.

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Famous Speech Friday: Carol Burnett's live audience Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

Actress and comedian Carol Burnett, whose popular television variety show ended in 1978, is most well-known for her slapstick skits and performances, all played for laughs. The under-12 daughter of a friend, watching old Burnett shows, couldn''t believe that one person was behind all those characters. But when I think of Burnett as an adept public speaker, I think of the question-and-answer sessions she used to open her shows, all of them recorded in front of a live audience.

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Got lots to say? Save it for the Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

Related posts: How to listen to audience questions Graceful ways with Q&A Are you a member of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook ?

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Reader Q&A: Over-preparing & last-minute speech changes

The Eloquent Woman

In the webinar I did last year with the editors of Tech Speak Digest, one participant said, "I've found that the closer the time comes to the talk, the more clouded my mind gets and I can't stop changing things and second guessing everything up to the very last minute, leaving me feeling completely unprepared even though I've spent hours preparing." I hear two problems here: Last-minute changes and over-preparing.

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Are you ready for your next Q&A session?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I just finished coaching a client for a big Q&A session. In particular, I focused on coaching the executive to improve his question-and-answer skills with international audiences. The a-ha moment for my speaker was: “Preparing for a Q&A takes at least as much work as preparing to give a major presentation.” Truer words were never […]. Career info International speakers Presentation skills

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When should speakers ask questions during Q&A? 6 options

The Eloquent Woman

You know the usual course of events: The speaker gives her presentation, there's applause, and then it's open for audience questions. But speakers don't have to limit themselves to the A in Q&A. In fact, I'd recommend judicious use of questions when these situations arise in news conferences, conference calls or standard presentations and speeches: To clarify a cryptic question: Let's face it: Most questions are brief efforts to encompass big issues.

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more on handling difficult Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

We've been talking about ways to handle audience questions when they seem to push your presentation off-base, and here's a post from Sandy Kaye's Self Leadership Coaching Blog that furthers that discussion.

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Video Q&A’s with Zen-master Garr Reynolds

Duarte Blog

Garr Reynolds popped by the office a bit ago, and we thought it’d be fun to answer a few of the most popular questions people ask. How do your methodologies apply to scientific or technical presentations? Read more about the presentation landscape. How many slides should I use?

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From the vault: Got lots to say? Save it for the Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: This 2010 post is a process I use for my own presentations: Start by planning the Q&A first, then work on your formal content. It''s a great way to look smart when question time rolls around.) I facilitated a workshop for scientists on communicating their research to public audiences , and asked a colleague to sit in to observe me and provide feedback (something you should do from time to time to ensure your ongoing development as a speaker).

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Reader Q&A: What if the audience already knows everything I have to say?

The Eloquent Woman

In the webinar I did earlier this year with the editors of Technically Speaking ( @techspeakdigest on Twitter) one participant said, "I am a junior developer. I am not too nervous about actually delivering the talk, but my main block when applying to speak is that the audience will 'already know' what I am talking about.is it common for people to feel that and how would you deal with it?"

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Super Q&A from Confessions webcast

Speaker Confessions

Did a webcast earlier this week to 500 folks about topics from Confessions. I went back in afterward and grabbed all the questions from the chat room during the talk and answered them all here. Lots of good stuff in there – it’s currently one of the most popular posts on my site

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Q&A with From Mountains of Ice author

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Q&A with Lorina Stephens, author of From Mountains of Ice 1. What inspired you to write this novel? That’s easy to answer: honour. More specifically, a man’s honour, what it means, how it defines a man, how it places him in his society. That probably sounds pretty esoteric, angels on the head of a pin thing, but [.].

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