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Production - Do You Manage Audience Interactivity?
  v2.0 Posted at 24/05/2013 11:27 AM by Titus Maclaren
One of the hardest things to deal with when presenting to an audience is the correct way to deal with questions.

​Try and give firm guidelines when you start as to the correct way to ask a question.

SPEAKER: "No questions please. Ask your questions at the end"

Figure: Bad Example - this kills the sense of interactivity that is so appealing about live presentations

 SPEAKER: "Questions are fine as long as they are on-topic, something about the current slide"

 Figure: Good Example - this allows interactivity but stops the audience from distracting and derailing the speaker

It is quite common for one audience member to derail the speaker with a lot of questions. If this happens, simply respond:

SPEAKER: "OK Bob, I think that is your 10th question and your quota has expired. I want to give everyone a fair go, so you get 1 more question after this. OK?"

 Figure: Good Example - this is a firm yet polite way of managing the situation

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