This distinguishes it from explicit verbal audience interaction where a speaker asks a question, and then waits for a response or calls on someone to answer it. This article identifies nine ways to use rhetorical questions, and provides examples throughout.
You are certainly aware of this technique, but are you aware that you can use a rhetorical question in at least nine different ways? to ask a rhetorical question; there is nearly always another way to convey the same idea without using a question.
For example, imagine that you are speaking to a new parents’ support group: A common technique to answer a question (either one you have raised, or one coming from your audience) is to respond with a rhetorical question.
This is done when the two questions (the one you were asked, and the one you responded with) have the same answer (typically, either “yes” or “no”).
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For example: This time, the obvious answer to the second question is “no”, and this implies the answer to the first is also “no”.
Beware when using this technique as it can sound cliche to your audience.
If your entire speech is a series of statements, your audience may and absorb little.
On the other hand, you can make them active participants in your speech by inviting them to think about your arguments.