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As a presenter you should welcome questions. If you're interrupted with a question, that's a good thing. It shows that your audience is interested and it provides a good distraction that engages them. Too often I hear presenters ask the audience to save the questions for the end and I think that that's a bad idea. Those questions may never get answered, leaving your audience hanging. Based on the question, there are generally three ways to respond. By answering the question, saving it for the end, or inviting the guest to a future conversation. If you can answer the question quickly without distracting too much from your message, then address it and move on.
Doing this demonstrates confidence and knowledge and builds trust with the audience. When you do this, always repeat the question to the audience. This ensures that everyone heard it. If you plan to address that question in an upcoming slide, just say thanks, we will cover that shortly and move on. If the question is too much of a tangent, you can Save it for the end of your presentation. Write it down, so you don't forget. Some questions though are just too involved to answer, even at the end of your presentation, or you might not be prepared to answer them.
Explain that you want to help them, but you need more time to do research or consult with others. Ask them to give you their business card at the end of your presentation and promise to respond in 24 hours. Now here's a quick tip. Take advantage of the hidden slides and Custom Show feature discussed in Chapter 5. These are great for answering those questions you predicted would be asked, but didn't want to make a part of the standard presentation. Because your presentation should be an interactive experience for the audience, letting them ask questions is vital.
Do this right and you can win over even the toughest skeptics.
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