by Allison Pollard
You did it—you gave a presentation! You may be ready to go relax or celebrate as soon as it’s over. And you may be surprised by attendees wanting to talk to you as you’re packing up your materials to leave. They want to engage you more on your topic, ask questions, or give you feedback. We want to share a few tips on how you can handle this.
Oftentimes an attendee is excited by something they learned from you and says, “I loved your presentation!” Smile and take pleasure in knowing you made a positive impact on someone. You can find out more about what resonated for them by replying, “Thank you, what did you like most about it?” It’ll deepen the connection for them and give you insight into what you did that worked well.
Sometimes an attendee wants to have a longer conversation or has deeper questions they want your thoughts on. It’s OK to need a break and not remain in discussion with them now. You might tell them, “I can’t talk now; I’ll be at ____ later if you’d like to continue the conversation.” Alternatively, you might give them your business card or connect on LinkedIn so you can talk more after the event if you are unable to meet in person later at the event.
It’s possible that your newfound “fame” could go on. People might approach you later in the hallway to say thanks or tell you they enjoyed your session when they see you during lunch. You may receive LinkedIn invitations to connect from attendees.
Congratulations. Having just one person stay after to talk, say thanks later in the event, or reach out to connect socially is something to be proud of.