Traditionally, after a presentation, there is a short Q&A. Let me state that getting no questions at all after the presentation does not mean your presentation was bad! It could also mean your presentation was clear or you did a sort of Q&A during the presentation. Some presenters like the fact that questions can be asked at all time during a presentation so a Q&A afterwards is not happening most of the time. I’m not saying they don’t like a Q&A afterwards, I’m just saying that people ran out of questions during the presentation.
Whenever you are presenting you have to be accessible for the audience. Never start your presentation by stating that questions during the actual presentation aren’t allowed and should be asked afterwards. If you prepared your presentation well, and you want some interaction, you can build in, what I like to call a ‘connection frame’.
Wait? A ‘connection frame’?
A ‘connection frame’ is something that allows you, during your presentation, to interact with your audience. Mostly you ask your audience a question and they respond. Doing this, you keep the presentation active and alive, if it wasn’t already, and you encourage your audience to think about the subject you are telling about and let them give their input.
Above: Example of a ‘connection frame’ that is created by a simple designed slide
A ‘connection frame’ can be easily created by just asking a question or by creating a slide that provokes a reaction or has the question written on it. Like the example above.
Create your ‘connection frame’. Be accessible.