Pause before you answer the question because...

Why do lawyers pounce on the witness to answer the question quickly? 

Because they’re hoping for a visceral response. One that is incriminating and can’t be retracted. That means when you are answering tough questions during your presentation, pause before you reply. 

Pause to calm yourself down and to think about your answer. Most importantly, prepare for these tough questions when you rehearse your presentation so you aren’t blindsided by them.

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