How to deal with difficult questions when giving a speech

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By Anthony Garvey, Toastmasters International

article05You’ve worked hard preparing and delivering your presentation and judging by the warmth of the applause, it seems to have paid off.

You click on your final slide and smile.  It simply says “Thank you for listening.  Any questions”.

Several hands shoot up around the room and over the next few minutes your smile begins to fade as you are caught off guard by a series of tricky and complicated questions from the audience.  Your failure to answer them convincingly leaves the listeners unimpressed and undoes much of the good work you had carefully built up during your speech.

How did it all suddenly go so wrong? When preparing a speech or a presentation, many speakers fall into the trap of thinking their work is complete once they reach the...

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