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Repeating the Question

When you’re asked a question by a member of the audience, repeat the question before answering it. There are several reasons for doing this....

  1. It gives you a few extra seconds to think about your answer. (Don't knock it — those few seconds can be very valuable!)

  2. By repeating the question, you're making sure you heard the question correctly. If you misheard or misunderstood the question, your answer may be incorrect.

  3. Repeating the question benefits those members of the audience who could not hear the question. This is especially important when it's a large audience.

  4. Finally, if the session is being recorded, the original question may not have been recorded. Repeating the question benefits whoever is watching the recording later.

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11: Repeating the Question — When you’re asked a question by a member of the audience, repeat the question before answering it. There are several reasons for doing this.... It...
12: Repetition — Repetition with purpose can be one of the most powerful things you can do. Repetition without purpose can be deadly. To avoid boring your audience,...
13: Segues — Whatever order or structure you use in your presentation, it's important that you tie the different segments together with segues. (Of course, as...
14: How Should One Refer to Oneself? — Some people think that using the word "one" (as in "one would think...") makes them sound cultured. It doesn't. To be an effective speaker, you...
15: Slides and Copyright Infringement — If you're going to use slides in your presentation, you need to be aware of copyright infringement. While it's true that images are usually better...
16: How to End Your Speech Introduction — Whether you're a master of ceremonies who's introducing a speaker or you're writing your own introduction for someone else to read (an excellent idea...
17: Stand or Sit? — When you're a part of a group and you need to say something, you may wonder "should I stand up to speak?" There are several good reasons for standing...
18: Surprise! — To keep your audience alert and involved in your presentation, it can be very helpful to do the opposite of what they expect. If they expect you to...
19: The Power of Three — The effectiveness of the "Power of Three" is well-known among speechwriters. There are some psychological reasons why humans like the number three,...
20: Types of Humor — Exploring a list of the various types of humor won't make you funny. However, it might jog your creative thinking a bit, and creativity is the soul...

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