Have you ever had a really important presentation for work or for your academic studies? You spend days (or even weeks) preparing for the presentation – researching for content, creating beautiful slides to support your content and practicing what you’ll be saying.
The day comes and you’re so ready for it. When you begin your presentation, things go smoothly. Until five minutes into it, somebody raises their hand and interrupts you with a question. You are taken by surprise. You answer the question, or say that you’ll be taking questions after your presentation, and you continue.
But now you’ve lost your focus and momentum. You might feel a little less confident because the answer you gave was something that you had prepared for later in your presentation.
So what’s the best way to prepare for and answer questions in a presentation? Here are a few tips to help you.