As I planned for that presentation, I recalled a tip I read in Steal the Show by author Michael Port. In that book, Port suggests that one should not close a presentation with the question and answer period (Q&A). He cautions that putting the Q&A at the end can result in loss of control for the speaker. Specifically, someone may take things in a direction you did not intend the presentation to go, the main point of your session might get lost on the audience, and/or people may sneak off. In a nutshell: you lose your opportunity for a strong close.
Port recommends that the Q&A period be inserted before the end of the presentation. This allows you (the opportunity) to finish strong! [For some funny–but familiar–examples of how ‘not to end’, read Chris Anderson’s, Curator for Ted Talks, short article here].
For some good tips on ‘ending your presentation with style’, see this blog post by Jesmine Moon. Moon includes examples of each:
- inspire your audience with a quote
- end with a compelling image
- leave with a question
- encourage action
- reiterate your message
Have a favourite? Let me know in the comments!
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