Managing Questions


Let your audience know – how you would like to handle the questions.

For example – .

  • I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have, during or after the presentation.
  • In case you have any questions, please make a note of them. I would love to answer all your questions at the end.
  • Feel free to ask me any questions during or after the presentation.
  • In case you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to interrupt me anytime during the presentation, I’d be happy to answer them for you.
  • I would appreciate if we can take all the questions at the end.
  • We’ll have plenty of time for questions at the end.
  • Are there any questions at the moment?
  • Do you have any questions as of now?
  • Does anyone have any questions? Now.

Whenever someone asks a question, follow these steps .

Step 1. – Listen to the complete question, without interrupting and without any assumptions.

Step 2. – Ensure that you understand the question correctly, by repeating or paraphrasing the question and getting confirmation.

Step 3. – Acknowledge the question, and tell them how you would like to deal with it.

For example .

  • That’s a good question. Is it ok if we take this up at the end?
  • That’s a good question. Is it ok if I answer it a little later during the presentation?
  • That’s a good question. But I think it would be more valuable if I answer this a little later during the presentation. Is that ok?
  • That’s a great question!
  • That’s a very good question, but I’m afraid it’s not my area of expertise, but I am sure someone else here might be able to answer that. Can anyone help answer that?
  • That’s a good question, but unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that yet, but I have a colleague who can answer that question. Can we meet after the presentation? I can connect with him/her and get you the right answer?
  • I think I would need some more information from you to be able to answer that question wisely. Can we meet after the presentation, I would be happy to answer this question then.
  • That’s a good question, but I am not 100% sure about the answer, and I would not like to misinform or mislead you. Can I get you the right answer after this presentation?  Thank you!
  • That’s an interesting question!  I don’t have an answer to that but I wonder whether someone else in the audience does. Can anyone help answer this question?
  • That’s a good question. A little out of context, but still a good question. Can we take this up after the presentation?

Step 4.Answer the question in the simplest way possible.

Step 5.Confirm if the other person has understood the answer and if that clarifies his or her doubt.

For example .

  • Does that answer your question?
  • Does that give you the clarity you were looking for?
  • Does that help clarify why/how/what – .
  • Has that given you a little more clarity?
  • Would you like me to explain once more?
  • Do you have any other doubts?