Picture this, you are sitting in the audience of a workplace presentation. At the end of the presentation, one of the presenters utters those dreaded words,
"We are now going to open up the floor for questions..."
You glance around and observe that your fellow audience members are cringing with discomfort. You ponder asking a question for the presenters but, you are unsure as to how to phrase it. The CEO is in attendance and you do not wish to appear uninformed. You trudge back to your cubicle defeated.
Unfortunately, this scenario occurs far too frequently during the Q&A sessions of workplace presentations.
Below are a few tips for creating a positive impression during a workplace Q&A session:
1. Familiarize yourself with the presentation topic beforehand.
2. Take notes throughout the presentation.
3. Compile a couple of simple yet, relevant questions.
4. Attend a public speaking workshop and/or join a Toastmasters International group.