When you do a content heavy presentation and you finish the speech and out of habit, you say, “Are there any questions?” you might be missing an opportunity to dig deeper to see how the audience really feels about your presentation. Are you trying to persuade them or convince them of something? If so, you can dare to ask, “Are there any concerns here, about what I just presented?” or “Are there any questions about XYZ that I can expand on?”
In this way, you don’t just drop the same old boring question in: “Are there any questions?”, but prompt the audience to think and respond in a different way. You may be a bit apprehensive to ask it, but if you do, you may get some good questions or feedback you weren’t expecting.