Atlanta, Georgia -- Participants in the Atlanta Fearless Presentations ® public speaking class Learn How to Handle Adversarial Questions. Every once in awhile, someone will try to purposely trip you up in a presentation by asking a question that’s main intent is to make you look bad or show that you don’t know what you’re talking about. This is one of the reasons that people develop a fear of speaking in public or give a presentation. Usually, they are just having a bad day and want to take it out on someone, but we have to understand that as an effective speaker, we need to stay in control. It is human to respond to these types of attacks with a negative reaction, but this will destroy the rapport that you have spent your entire presentation building. So the most important thing you need to do is stay calm and never attack back!! Always respond back in a positive manner so that it will keep control of the situation and keep the audience on your side. If the person continues to attack, almost always, someone from your audience will come to your aide and tell the person to just keep quiet and listen to the presentation. But, this will not happen if you attach back or say something condescending to the rabble-rouser.
So, if this ever happens to you while giving a speech, always remember to kill them with kindness and remember to never fight back. Keep control of your presentation and keep it positive.