Getting Over Yourself

July 30, 2010

Getting more comfortable with unexpected questions

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 10:04 am
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The purpose of answering questions is to help the audience find out something they want to know rather than to test your knowledge.  (Even if that’s the questioner’s agenda, don’t let it be yours.) You’ll be more at ease when you remember that it’s about helping. Instead of worrying about knowing the answer,  consider  how best to get it for them

Before heading to a meeting, prepare answers for all the questions you expect to get, as well as all those you hope not to get. You’ve done your best to be ready–it’s not because you haven’t acted responsibly.

No one knows everything, and your best defense is to not feel like a loser or feel guilty if you can’t answer a question.

Getting the answer from the audience, or “I don’t know but I’ll find out and get back to you,” is perfectly acceptable.  Maintain your poise, and move on.


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