Rhetorical Questions in Presentations
One of the best ways to get audiences to feel they are taking part in your presentation is to ask rhetorical questions. A rhetorical question is a question you ask, but expect no answer to. In effect you answer your own question.
“English language education is important in today’s world, but we have a problem don’t we?”
Here we see a statement, followed by a question. The question is not expected to be answered by the audience, instead the presenter answers his or her own question. Your presentation continues like this:
“English language education is important in today’s world, but we have a problem don’t we? We have a problem because ….”
When we use rhetorical questions in our presentation, it makes your audience feel they are participating, and unconsciously it brings you closer to your audience. It is a win win situation.
So, try using a few rhetorical questions in your next presentation and see the difference in your audience’s reactions.