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Oral Presentations: Answering Questions

  • Anticipate questions.

  • Listen carefully to all questions, waiting to respond until you are sure that you understand what’s being asked.

  • Repeat questions before responding to them.

  • Keep your responses brief (don’t digress).

  • Be honest—if you don’t know the answer, say so.

  • Create visual aids.

  • Try to deflect loaded questions.

  • Control the interchange (i.e., don’t let one person dominate the question-and-answer period
or give a mini-speech).

  • Use the last questions to summarize your main points or reinforce your main idea.