In Atlanta, Georgia, participants of the Fearless Presentations public speaking class discovered effective strategies for handling challenging questions. Occasionally, someone may deliberately attempt to trip you up during a presentation by asking a question intended to make you look bad or undermine your knowledge. Such situations contribute to the fear of public speaking and presenting. Often, the person asking is simply having a bad day and wants to vent their frustration, but as effective speakers, we must remain in control.
It’s natural to react negatively when faced with such attacks, but doing so can harm the rapport you’ve worked hard to build with your audience. The most crucial thing is to stay calm and avoid retaliating. Instead, respond positively to maintain control and keep the audience on your side. In most cases, if the person persists in their attack, someone from the audience will step in and ask them to be quiet and listen. However, this won’t happen if you respond with aggression or condescension towards the troublemaker.
So, if you encounter this situation during a speech, always remember to respond with kindness and refrain from fighting back. Keep control of your presentation and maintain a positive atmosphere.