We tend to think of presentations as our chance to speak to an audience. Some of the best presentations I've attended ended with a "question and answer" (Q&A) session where the audience can ask the speaker questions.
In Microsoft PowerPoint, you can build slides that facilitate the Q&A part of your presentation. A well-designed Q&A slide may lead the audience to ask an interesting question.
In this tutorial, I'll teach you to end your presentation by interacting with your audience. We'll work on designing a questions slide in PowerPoint. You'll learn how to ask for questions from the audience and answer them confidently.
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How to Ask for Questions and Spark Audience Participation
I've sat through many presentations that close with the presenter sheepishly asking, "Uh, any questions?"
Asking this way will virtually guarantee that the audience won't ask a question. The audience may start clapping before anyone even works up the courage to ask a question!
4 Ways to Ask for Questions
There are better ways to ask for questions. Instead of using the bland "any questions?" phrase that'll leave the audience slack-jawed. Try out something more creative to actually elicit questions.
These are four techniques that I've personally used to inspire questions from the audience:
- Seed someone in the audience like a friend or colleague to ask the first question. Sometimes, having someone break through the silence and ask the first question will help others speak up or ask follow-up questions.
- Answer your own question at the end of the presentation. Use phrasing like, "When I first started this project, my main question was..." Doing so will spark questions for audience members.
- Consider asking for questions somewhere in the mid-point of the presentation when the content is still fresh and relevant.
- Use a creative way of asking for questions in a persuasive presentation, such as "What's the part of my presentation you most disagree with, and why?" This can create spirited discussions with audience members and can start an open dialogue.
How to Prepare for Audience Questions
Many presenters will skip including a Q&A altogether. I think there's a simple explanation for why many presenters don't ask for questions from the audience: fear.
Many presenters fear being caught off-guard by the audience's questions. You never know what the audience may be wondering before you ask for questions. That uncertainty leads presenters to exclude it altogether.
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While you can never be certain of the questions you'll receive, you can take steps to prepare for the questions you're most likely to hear from the audience.
Consider these tips when you're preparing for the Q&A part of your presentation:
- Give your presentation to a smaller audience before the major presentation. Using that as a test run for questions may help you prepare for the same questions you'll receive later on.
- Think about the questions you answered in your own mind while preparing the presentation. Chances are that the audience will share many of the same questions and want to hear how you arrived at your conclusion.
- Create backup slides that have extra data or charts on them to explain answers to possible questions your audience will raise. Having that perfect supplemental chart hiding at the end can really wow your audience when you've prepared for the question.
Essentially, you should spend time trying to anticipate what the audience is going to ask. Put yourself in their shoes and consider their background, and the questions they have may become obvious.
Above all: it's okay if you don't know the answer to all the audience's questions. Generally, the questions will be open-ended and there's no "correct" answer, and the audience will just want to know what your thoughts are.
If it's a specific question that requires a numeric answer that you need to research, simply follow up with the audience member after the presentation with your findings. It's okay to say, "I'll get back to you with that answer."
3 Strong Designs for Your Closing Slide
So far, we've talked about how to make the Q&A part of your presentation engaging. Let's dive into creating the last slide in PowerPoint to show on screen to encourage questions from your audience.
In this section, we'll also take a look at two other approaches for closing out your presentation. I'll offer more designs and content ideas for closing out your presentation in a strong way.
For this tutorial, I'm going to make recommendations for how to create an engaging closing slide using the Clean PowerPoint theme.
Clean is a PowerPoint theme that's available on Envato Elements. The template has a modern and minimal design so your audience can focus on the content of your presentation. It also comes with more than 50 unique slides, plenty of vector icons, and image placeholders.
If this theme doesn't catch your eye, there are plenty of other options available on GraphicRiver. Check out some of the most popular PowerPoint themes on GraphicRiver or browse through our top curated selection of the best:
Let's look at how to use Eureka for customizing three different closing slides:
1. The "Thank You" Slide
A Q&A slide could say "any questions?", but you could also use that questions slide in PowerPoint to thank the audience and verbally ask for questions. This is a simple way to show gratitude that the audience took time to listen.
Clean has a pre-built slide to thank the audience for their attendance. Use thank you PowerPoint slide design #48, which has everything you need. You can also add a background image by clicking on the placeholder and choosing an image on your computer.
2. The "Any Questions?" Slide?
Now, let's take a look at questions slide designs that work well for asking for questions from the audience.
The first of these is PowerPoint slide design #23. It's a simple pre-built slide with few text blocks and a “What we do?”" as the presentation placeholder text. Easily change the slide to create an “Any questions?” slide and use the placeholder text to add your own questions that'll help spark the conversation.
These questions slides could also contain follow-up information. If you're going to send your presentation (instead of presenting it from an audience) you can use a questions slide like this to add your follow-up contact details.
A Q&A slide should be something simple that doesn't distract the audience. The audience's attention should be on the Q&A session itself, and not the visuals in the background.
3. The "Contact Us" Slide
The "Contact Us" Slide is a great choice for the final slide in sales presentations, fundraising pitches and any type of presentation that opens up the opportunity for follow-up communications.
In the Clean theme, check out the PowerPoint slide design 25, titled "Stay in Touch with Us." This presentation slide template is ready for you to add your social media links. This slide design is perfect if you're telling the story of your business and asking the audience to follow you on social media.
5 Top PowerPoint Templates From Envato Elements (With Modern Designs)
As mentioned earlier, Envato Elements is a great place to find modern PowerPoint templates that you can use to create a stunning “Any Questions” final slide. Take a look at some of the best PowerPoint templates from Envato Elements below:
The Expert PowerPoint template has a modern design that can be used for all kinds of presentations. The template comes with 620 unique slides and it was designed in widescreen resolution. You’ll also find image placeholders, over 100 color schemes, and plenty of infographic elements to create a stunning presentation.
The Adventure PowerPoint template is best suited for travel, outdoors or nature-oriented companies. The template makes it easy to create a modern presentation complete with charts, roadmaps, infographics, and more. You’ll find five premade colors, 120 unique slides, and image placeholders for easy editing.
Try the Ipsum PowerPoint template if you’re looking for a minimal PowerPoint presentation template. This template was designed in widescreen resolution and has tons of different slide designs that you can use to create an enticing “Any Questions” slide. Besides that, the template comes with 3D infographic elements.
The Oxygen PowerPoint template has a bold design so it’s a great way to make your presentation stand out. On top of that, it comes with a stunning slide that includes your contact details and other slides where you can add a large “Any Questions” heading. The template includes 50 unique slides with image placeholders and tons of infographic elements.
The Library template has several great slide designs that can be used to make impactful Any Questions final slides. The template comes with image placeholders and three premade color schemes. It was designed in widescreen resolution and is easy to edit.
Discover More Amazing PowerPoint Templates
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Your Turn To Make A Great “Any Questions” PowerPoint Slide
Make the most of your final PowerPoint slide design to help engage your audience at the close of your presentation.
With practice and preparation, a Q&A can be the most rewarding part of a presentation. A presentation can create a two-way communication that engages an audience with an opportunity to ask questions.
What's stopping you from adding a Q&A part to your presentation? Let me know in the comments below if you need more tips for engaging the audience.
Editorial Note: This tutorial was originally published in October of 2017. It's been comprehensively revised to include new information—with special help from Brenda Barron.
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