5 Answered Questions for the topic answering questions
Useful strategies for answering "dumb" questions in a talk?
It has often been said that there is no such thing as a dumb question. And yet - perhaps due only to inattention, lack of sleep, or hunger - otherwise brilliant people sometimes manage to ask some... more
How to respond to “philosophical” questions that aim to undermine a position or derail a discussion?
A colleague of mine enjoys using philosophical questions to undermine ideas that are different to his own and to derail discussions that are not in his favour. At first I thought he was offering... more
Saying "good question" during a seminar talk?
During seminars and talks, some presenters hear a question and compliment it by saying "Good question." Could this possibly offend the asker? Could this be viewed as a tactic to pretend being... more
Overcoming nerves from anticipating conference questions?
My field is atmospheric physics.The irony is that I have been a school teacher for over a decade, but soon, I'll be giving a presentation of some of my findings at a conference. I think that the... more
How can one carry out a "Russian style" seminar?
A "Russian style" seminar, as in the Israel Gelfand form, breaks from the traditional format of talk followed by Q&A and just opens the floor to questions at any time. I've seen a few... more