Tips Regarding Presentation Q & A

In Becoming ruminative in education on March 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Question and answer

In my experience giving presentations in seminar courses and at conferences, more often than not I tend conclude with a brief Q & A session.  Q & A is done last and how it is done usually culminates to the effectiveness of the whole presentation.  In Q & As, there are four things to bear in mind to make Q & A work for you the presenter and the audience as well.

1. Reconfirmation of the Question Raised: As you recapitulate the question raised by the interlocutor, you are double checking if you correctly comprehend the question being raised.

2. Buffering for Thinking the Question Through:  During recapitulation of the question, you are also giving yourself a bit more time to think through and come up with a well-rounded response.

3. Share the Wealth of Wisdom:  The person who raised the question  usually does not have a microphone or amplifying device.  This means that by repeating the question to the audience, you as the presenter are helping others seated in the right column hear the question raised by someone sitting in the left column, by the same token helping audience sitting in the back hear the question raised by someone sitting in front.

4. Involve the Throng:  Even though it could be that in a small room, everyone could hear well what the question was.  By repeating the question posed between the presenter and the audience, you are expanding audience involvement by inviting all others present to participate in the thought process and ensuing discussions.

5. End the Presentation on a Thank-You Note:  Always attempt to end the Q & A  and presentation by thanking the crowd for their attention and questions.  Prepare and distribute name cards when opportunities arise would also help making yourself visible to other scholars in the field.  On a light side, if time allowed I used to provide brief information regarding good eateries in town where the conference is being held and this move was often well-received by all of the audience  ^__^  After all, conference-going is both about exercising scholarly activities and also expanding your worldviews through sightseeing and a healthy dose of cultural immersion.


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