Q&A Guidelines

Important info about decorum, recording, tabling and more.

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Q&A Guidelines

Please note: These policies apply to events produced by Town Hall. They may not apply to events produced by rental partners.

Town Hall strives to create a platform for civil, informed, and respectful discourse. Often, at the conclusion of our events, we offer the audience a chance to ask the speaker questions. If you plan to ask a questions, we ask that you use the following guidelines:

  • Keep your question brief and in the form of a question. Question & answer sessions are not an appropriate time to share your personal opinions or comments. Ask the speaker a brief question that directly addresses the information presented.
  • Be respectful to other event attendees, event presenters/performers, and staff members in your word choice, and avoid inflammatory or offensive comments. This includes comments that:
    • Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others, or are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable.
    • Contain swear words or other language likely to offend.
    • Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity.
  • Respect Town Hall event staff and their responsibility to keep the Q&A within appropriate guidelines. Politely abide their requests to end your question or to step aside if asked.

If you have follow-up questions or comments, consider writing to the speaker via their website or social media, or, if appropriate, you can talk with them briefly during the book signings that usually take place after an event. We hope you’ll appreciate and stand by these guidelines. Our goal is to make Town Hall Seattle a place for both information and feedback. What you say matters.

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