Quick tip: Ask (rhetorical) questions of your audience

Why ask questions? (like this one).

Because they provoke the mind of your listener.
Asking questions during a presentation forces the audience to mentally participate.
We use the term ‘rhetorical question’ to mean that you don’t expect a reply. Even though the audience doesn’t answer, their minds are more active when they hear the question format.

  • What’s the problem?
  • How can we fix it?
  • What’s the cost if we don’t do this?
  • How many of you…?
  • What have the Romans ever done for us?
  • Have you ever wondered why…?
  • Have you ever thought about…?

When you start an example with a rhetorical question, people can’t help thinking about it, which involves them more fully.

What happens when someone asks you a question? (Observe yourself now; did your mind became more active as you considered it).
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