PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

An audience member’s question can tap a huge reservoir of knowledge you have.

It’s a good feeling when it happens.  You have total confidence in your ability to answer.  You are definitely a subject matter expert on this one.

Be careful.

You don’t want to go on and on until you have delivered an answer that could stand by itself as a separate talk.  Such an over-long answer will discourage additional questions and, potentially, divert attention away from your main theme.

Give a concise answer and then, if you think it will be appreciated, offer to speak to this audience member later.  If you would like to discuss the research further, catch me after the meeting.  I’ve unearthed some studies that are quite interesting but would take us off our topic if I talked about them now.

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