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Chapter 6. Summary > Handling Difficult Questions

Handling Difficult Questions

There are many categories of difficult questions, but three that are quite popular are the “What If…,” the “Tell-Us-What-the-Boss-Will-Do,“ and the “Machine-Gun” questions. Handling yourself with aplomb and the questions with ease depends on your ability to think before you speak. Be careful about the impact your words will have on the audience and choose another answer if you see the red flag flying above your first thought. Better to pause for a few seconds than to live forever with damaging remarks.

Hecklers in an audience are part of every speaker’s nightmare. Actually, you should be grateful for them as they will strengthen your ability to think quickly on your feet. You will probably not do well in coping with hecklers the first few times, but each time you will get better. There will always be more speeches for you to give—many of them much more critical to your success than the first few heckler-hexed speeches.


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