How to Handle Questions

  • Itai Cohen
  • Melanie Dreyer-Lude


Most research talks provide time for a question and answer period once the talk has finished. For some speakers, this can be the most terrifying part of the presentation. Even if you would prefer not to take questions, it is important to save time for a question and answer session at the end of your talk if the venue in which you are presenting expects it. Think of a question and answer session as another opportunity to connect with your audience rather than a situation in which you will have to parry an attack. Most viewers who ask questions will be genuinely curious about something you have presented. Questions are a sign that you have sparked interest. Answering these questions allows you to further enhance your credibility as an expert on your particular research topic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Itai Cohen
    • 1
  • Melanie Dreyer-Lude
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of DramaUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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