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Presentation Basics by Robert J. Rosania

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Rhetorical Questions

Rhetorical questions are really not questions at all because they are used not to elicit a response, but rather they are used for effect.

Rhetorical questions have a way of getting people excited about your subject. Here’s an example of a rhetorical question that a presenter addressing a local town council started his presentation with: “Ladies and gentleman, is there any civility left in politics today?” A statement like this is bound to get the attention of any political junkie anywhere—exactly its intent! Like many of the techniques presented so far, asking a rhetorical question is as much about how it is said as what is said.

For effect, try slowing down your speech and emphasizing key words and then end with silence ...

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