A few months ago I was invited to attend an evening association meeting for dinner. Like all association meetings there
was a speaker planned while dinner was being consumed. The presentation was complete and before dinner was finished the presenter jetted out of the door not giving anybody the chance to ask questions after the meeting.
In general, the audience wants to ask you the questions they formulate while listening to a presentation. They especially want to ask the questions that pertain to their own life, but they will not be able to do so if the presenter jet out of the room before the chance is even given. The audience has heard what you have to say and now they know that you are the expert and the person to talk to. The minutes following a presentation are the most crucial because that’s the opportunity for you to tell them what you could do for them personally and you distribute contact information for them to call you later.
Make it a priority to designate a period of time after your presentation for audience interaction. It’s the time for questions, specifics, and the exchange of information that makes a presentation worthwhile in the first place.