Control your ending.
"When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off"
As a speaker, never end your talk with a Q&A.
I love this tip from David Nihill.
You want to control the ending of your talk. All it takes is one question to take the talk in a direction you never intended it to go, causing the audience to forget all the value you provided up until that point. This has happened to me one too many times during live trainings and presentations.
So if you don't end with a Q&A, what do you do instead?
Take questions, but position them second last. Let your audience know you will take a few questions before getting to your final thoughts. This way, if you get an awkward question that takes you off path, it won't be the final thing your audience remembers.
From here, end your talk with a summary of three key takeaways that will leave your audience with a lasting impression.
Control your ending to create more memorable content ✨
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