I find that a lot of people are worried about the question and answer session at the end of their presentations. I think it’s because they can’t prepare this time as carefully as they can the actual presentation itself.
So what can you do once you’ve asked your audience: Do you have any questions? Here are my tips:
- Repeat the question so that others in the audience can hear it and that you have a bit of time to think about an answer.
- Thank the person for the question: Thank you for your question. / That is a great question. / I’m pleased you asked it. / I get asked that question by many people.
- Check that you fully understand the question: If I understand you correctly, you’re asking me if I can …
- Answer the question and then check if it’s what the person wanted: Does that answer your question?
- If you can’t answer the question, be honest and say so. You might even like to ask the audience for help: Does anyone know the answer?
- And do remember to make a note of questions you can’t answer directly and promise to answer them later: I can’t answer your question now, but I know someone who can. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.