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How to Handle Questions in a Presentation


Answering and dealing with questions can be the most nerve-wracking part of a presentation, because it's very difficult to prepare for. It's always a good use of time when preparing your presentation to think about and anticipate what your audience might ask, so you can be a little bit prepared.

When it’s time to invite comments and questions, you can use phrases like:

Now it's time to open up the floor for your questions.

I'll deal with any queries you have now.

If you had any thoughts or questions during my presentation, I'd love to hear them.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to address them now.

Does anyone have any questions, I'd love to take them while we have some time?

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If you'd like to thank someone for their question and you are happy to answer:

That's a very good question. I’d be delighted to answer it for you.

That's a great question and it's something we have had to answer for ourselves too.

You did well to think about that and I'm glad I can help you.

I can certainly answer that one.

I'm delighted you asked me that.

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Or, perhaps the question isn't very good, or it's not even a question. You might need to move the session on politely:

I see where you're coming from, but I think that's a question for another day.

That particular question is a bit outside my area of expertise.

That is an interesting thought, but I'm not sure if it's relevant to what we are here to discuss today.

If we could stay on point please, I'm happy to answer anything related to what I have just presented.

Is that a question, or are you giving us some new facts?


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