On the question of inviting questions

When you are giving a presentation, you may or may not want your audience to ask you questions as you go along.

When I’m presenting, I’m usually fine with spontaneous questions, as it increases the prospects of people understanding what I have to say. They can ask for clarity or further exposition, if needed (and if they are brave enough to ask).

At the same time, I also love this comment of my friend and colleague Ben Furman, who said at the beginning of a recent presentation: ‘Feel free to interrupt… and ruin my lecture’.

Either way, it’s a good idea to let the audience know just how welcome their questions will be. By making the invitation clear, they’ll know better how to interact with you.

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