Share this Page URL

Lesson 9. Interact with Audiences > Use Dialogue Questions Advantageously - Pg. 39

Interact with Audiences 39 One place to use a dialogue question is at the beginning of your presentation, as an ice-breaker. You can start with a question that's related to your central message, elicit a response from your listeners, then introduce the message. Or you can begin with the central message, then ask the question. Open-ended questions can also be used almost anywhere in the body of a presentation where they seem to work. You might even ask an open-ended question in the closing of your presentation. Then restate your central message and follow up with a call to action. This is a powerful sequence for your listeners to experience just before they leave the presentation. Plan and Refine Dialogue Questions If you decide to use dialogue questions in your presentation, here are a few points to keep in mind: · Prepare the questions carefully during the planning stage of your presentation. Think about your audience and what types of open-ended questions will work best with them. · Remember the difference between an open-ended and a close-ended question. Sometimes you can ask a close-ended question and follow it up with an open-ended question. Examples: -- How many people think they could be better speakers? From your own experience, what skills would make each of you a better speaker? · When you present an open-ended question, give your audience time to respond. Sometimes it takes that long for your listeners to realize that you've just asked them to participate in your presentation. Then they need time to formulate their response. · If no one says anything, don't just wait a split second and immediately move on with the rest of your talk. Give the listeners time to say something.