Podcast: Use questioning strategies to engage viewers

Ever have a question posed to you that you don’t like to answer?

Want to know how to answer such questions and engage your viewers more fully in the process? Listen up.

Incidentally (and this will make sense after you listen to the podcast), my client did use the questioning strategies during her talk and it worked out great. But she didn’t wait to hear the question she was dreading. Instead, she was proactive. She started right in with the questions in order to engage her viewers before they even had a chance to ask their own questions. She said, “Approaching it in that way, not one person pushed me for the technique.” 

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4 comments to Podcast: Use questioning strategies to engage viewers

  • julie

    Hi Alyaon, One of the things I say to people when they are pushing to hard to find out what inspires me and how “I do it”, is to tell them that I don’t like to examine or talk about my process too much because I don’t want to lose the magic. And it’s true. The response to one of my figures is usually an emotional one. Breaking one down into parts changes how they are viewed. The “taking away the magic” response is one everyone seems to respond to with understanding. Thanks for all you do Alyson….julie

  • I have been watching these ” Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art ” on Youtube … One art writer lectured about the two responses an artist can have to the critic ‘ not getting it ‘ … The first response was ‘ this person is an idiot ‘ …the second response, the one she recommends is ‘ what can I do with my art to communicate my message better ? ‘ … So , if they are just looking at the surface, how can I get my viewers to look deeper at my art the next time I create ?

  • Alyson B. Stanfield

    Julie: I couldn’t agree more. Sari: Again, I couldn’t agree more. And my client did just that by taking the offense and guiding the conversation. As I said, I don’t think it was the surface they were interested in. That was an entrée to a conversation. The surface is just what people see and all they know to respond to.

  • […] Postscript: My client emailed me after her talk. She did indeed use questioning strategies, but she added a twist. Find out what it was, share your questioning techniques, and listen to the podcast on the Art Biz Blog. […]