When you’re giving a presentation, it’s probably fair to say that few people really relish the question time at the end. So when it comes to how to answer a tricky question during the presentation Q & A, what’s the best approach? How should you handle it? There’s really only one proven way.
By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak
I was flicking around Quora recently, the question and answer website where one often comes across a brilliant question and a series of brilliantly constructed answers.
You’re asking for a ‘crafty way to dodge a question’, but that really is one of the stupidest things a person can do. Audiences can see right through it and will lose confidence in your qualification to be speaking to them and they will lose respect for you. DON’T DO IT
Mr Frost also included a handy flow chart in his answer, based on the relevance of the question and, crucially, whether you know the answer.
So what’s the best course of action when you’re asked a tricky question at the end of a presentation?
Presentation Q & A: How to Answer a Tricky Question?
Our opinion for the thorny topic of how to answer a tricky question, too, is that honesty is definitely the best policy.
Audiences can see through the bluff—they will know when someone is trying to pull a fast one.
If you don’t know the answer you should do one or both of the following:
- Say you don’t know and that you’ll find out, because honesty is always the way forward
- Open the question to the floor
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