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Doing Q&A Well.


As you may know, I'm not a fan of Question and Answer time following a conference talk. But with some deliberate preparation, there are techniques to improve the experience for everyone.

One large part of the problem is making the entire audience watch the questions of just a few attendees get answered. Instead of this, plan ahead and direct attendees to ask their questions via Twitter, IRC, index cards or the like.

From this pool of questions, you can have an emcee or organizer filter and then ask the most interesting ones. Of course, they could even seed with their own questions. If you have a single track conference, instead of doing this at the end of the talk, you could have all the speakers on a panel at the end of the day to answer questions.


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