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How to Stop a Boorish Q&A Hog in 3 Easy Steps

It only takes one long-winded ninny to hijack the Q&A portion of your presentation and turn it into an episode of C-SPAN. Laura Bergells provides three quick steps to shut down these snooze-inducers.

Cure the Bore

First, tell the hog you need to interrupt—do not ask; just cut the person off. Second, mention that there is only “limited time,” indicating that you value the audience in attendance’s time, unlike Blab-Bot5000. Third, move it along, asking who else has a question, and making eye contact to encourage someone, anyone else to ask a question. You can read Bergells’ original post here:

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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