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Lesson 9. Interact with Audiences > Use Dialogue Questions Advantageously - Pg. 40

Interact with Audiences 40 The element of surprise is often enough to pick up the pace of your talk. Indeed, if you see people are beginning to lose interest in what you're saying, an effective way to bring them back again is to ask a dialogue question. Tip Hold something in reserve. Prepare one or two extra dialogue questions just in case your talk begins to run out of gas. Audience participation is an effective way to add renewed energy to your presentation. The primary purpose of a dialogue question is simply to involve your listeners. But sometimes a question can do even more. It can help put the audience on your side, which can be very useful, especially if you're delivering a persuasive presentation. It can also give you a better feel for the listeners' concerns, and for what they need to hear. Suppose you're delivering a talk on expanding the usefulness of your home telephone, like the speaker in an earlier section of this chapter. You know, from your listener analysis, that most of the audience currently uses the phone for very limited purposes. Therefore, an open-ended question can open the door to your central message: Your home telephone can be far more versatile than the way it's currently being used. One word of caution: Don't expect too much from your open-ended questions. It's enough to use them to produce audience participation. The 30-Second Recap In this lesson you learned how to use open-ended questions to produce a dialogue with your lis- teners.