As I wrapped up my keynote talk in Minnesota, I concluded by asking the audience if they had any questions. Due to time limitations, there wasn't enough time to allow the audience to think of a question and then find the courage to ask it, so I received my round of applause without any real response from the audience. I was a little disappointed because I really do enjoy receiving a response from the audience.
Afterward, Penny was kind enough to offer me some pretty cool feedback. She suggested that rather than asking the audience for questions, I should give everyone a minute or two to think about my presentation and than ask a couple people to offer their best response.
I really like this idea. I'm going to use this to conclude my next talk and I'll let you know if it works better than just asking for questions.