Thursday, July 12, 2012

Any questions?

As I wrapped up my keynote talk in Minnesota, I concluded by asking the audience if they had any questions. Due to time limitations, there wasn't enough time to allow the audience to think of a question and then find the courage to ask it, so I received my round of applause without any real response from the audience. I was a little disappointed because I really do enjoy receiving a response from the audience.

Afterward, Penny was kind enough to offer me some pretty cool feedback. She suggested that rather than asking the audience for questions, I should give everyone a minute or two to think about my presentation and than ask a couple people to offer their best response.

I really like this idea. I'm going to use this to conclude my next talk and I'll let you know if it works better than just asking for questions.

Thanks Penny!


  1. I thought your presentation was insightful. You articulated that somewhat nausiated feeling I often get when I am required to teach a certain way, know that it doesn't feel right but can't verbalize why. I look forward to following your blog.

  2. Thanks for sharing the slides etc . Just thinking - Alfie Kohn does not use slides , power point etc in his presentations. I think one loses connection and eye contact with the speaker . My thinking is to refer people back to your blog. In this way presentations are less overwhelming


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