Connect the Audience to Your Pitch

Asking questions of the audience while making a presentation is a strong way to keep them invested in what you have to say. There are 3 types of questions that are particularly useful:

 Polling questions.   Show of hands. How many of you believe we can move humans through space safely at enormous speeds?    Follow the question with a comment about the polling results and implications.

 -“What if” questions help the audience envision things that may not exist.  What if there could be a way to move people from one coast to the other in 40 minutes, would you be interested?   Pause after asking the question and then a reveal the answer.

 Rhetorical questions puts the audience in your corner.  Do you know that right before every break-through invention, most people believe it can’t happen?

 

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