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Facilitative Listening: How Audience Members Can Help Presentations

At San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a vital presentation is the Ph.D. dissertation. One such presentation was covered in a San Diego Union-Tribune article:

When the candidate-advisor opened the floor to questions, generally a tense time for students, his mother tried to help by lobbing what she thought was a puffball about meteorites becoming contaminated when they enter Earth's atmosphere. "He bluffed his way through, but it was a good question and she kind of stumped him," explains a professor who was there. "And the guy goes, 'Awwh, mom!'—which you could hear throughout the room."[4]


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