Communicating across borders
“20 minutes for your talk, 5 minutes for questions from the audience” – oh no, not again. At conferences, speakers are usually given a fair amount of speaking time and then only a very small window for audience response. I wish it were the other way around. When the listeners respond with questions and comments, we have dialogue. Valuable dialogue.
Are you, dear speaker, worried about questions from the audience? Well, don't be too worried about that. Audiences generally consist of resourceful people, and many may well have something valuable to contribute. If they are invited to.
“What if there are no questions from the audience?” A standard concern – how can we generate more valuable dialogue with our audiences? One step is to have your 3-5 key points on your last slide, see our previous blog.
Another is for audiences to learn how to ask questions and for speakers to address them. Senior consultant at GlobalDenmark, Mark Simpson, recently conducted a workshop on presentation techniques. We have two video clips from the workshop. Here, Mark deals with exactly these two points: how to ask questions and how to address them. In other words, how to make oral presentations more valuable. Click on "Videos" in the top menu.