Guide for Handling Questions after a Presentation

Asking questions can be a bit tricky at the beginning or the end of the presentation. However, there are some basic strategies which can be analyzed in focusing the session of the questions and answers. The presenter needs to be cautious of the active listeners having some basic knowledge of the topic and should have some background information of the listeners and the history of the topic respectively. 

Identify the Topic:

The presenter should cover the key points of the presentation by explaining the topic in a broader way. Similarly, he could explain his point of view through the use of the projectors, posters and the other visual aids in order to describe the essence of the topic with complete understanding and proper descriptions of the core concepts during the presentation. However, in order to evoke the interests of the listeners, the presenter should ask the pre-presentation questions in order to test the schematic knowledge of the listeners which would be related to the topic of the presentation. It would help the presenter to stay confined to the topic and would be easy for him to grab the attention of the listeners.

Use of the Body Languages, Gestures, and Facial Expressions

In the context of the presentation experts, the role of the body language including the movement of the hands, eye contact, and tone of the voice are highly important in seeking the attention of the audience. If the presenter has a high pitch, it means that he is confident enough to carry the content at ease. Moreover, if he has low tone, it means that he is a bit nervous. Similarly, the use of the excessive movement of the hands indicates that the person is quite over smart. On the other hand, eye contact should be perpendicular and move towards the audience. If the presenter has lowered its gaze, it means that he is nervous or conscious of his presence in front of the massive crowd which is referred to as the audience.

Grab the Audience

The audience is the key ingredient of the presentation. The presenter should establish a relationship with the audience in the form of asking pre-presentation questions pertaining to the background of the topic. It would enable the presenter to know about the assumed knowledge of the topic under the narrow vision of the audience. After the session of the pre-presentation questions, the presenter delivers its topic by the use of the visual diagrams and other objects. After the closing session of the presentation, he shows its rational approach and throws the series of questions on the audience. This is called as post-presentation questions. As per the rules of the presentation, the audience answers the questions on a lighter note. However, when the presenter fulfills the role of the effective speaker, the audience holds the floor by taking their turns. 

The Audience Holds the Floor:

The audience takes pride in asking the questions to the presenter. However, one can say that the role reversal of the participants occurs in the context of the presentation. This point of time should be carefully dealt with by the presenter. It would be the moment of the test of the nerves for the presenter to cater to the criteria of the question and answer session. Hence, the presenter gives the clarifying answers to the audience by highlighting the misconceptions of the audience associating with the topic and its queries.

Use of Role Plays after the Presentation:

After conducting the whole event of the presentation, the presenter can call two volunteers from the audience and can ask them to make a short skit related to the topic and demonstrate the skit through their performance within a given time. Hence, the volunteers will decide about two assumed characters and dialogues within a particular time given by the presenter. When the volunteers will complete their respective preparation in performing the skit, they will perform on the play. Their level of performance will reflect on their understanding of the topic. Now, the presenter would take a quick glance from their performance and would make a hypothesis about the understanding of the topic and will hand over these two volunteers to the rest of the audience.

The Audience will make a Final Assessment of the Volunteers

The audience will ask questions related to the concepts of the play. Similarly, the volunteers will answer the questions of the audience pertaining to the topic of the play. In this way, the presenter will assess the level of the understanding of the audience and the volunteers. The whole activity of the play would conclude to the final approach which would clear the doubts of both of the audience and volunteers in the wider context.

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