Many of us face the problem of keeping the audience engaged during our presentations from time to time. People usually get distracted after the first 5 minutes and start using their phones to check emails or read news on social media.
So how can you keep them focused and engaged during your presentation?
I suggest using quiz questions in between the main slides of your presentation. Moreover, you can ask your audience to vote because there is always a risk that they will be shy to answer or will not pay attention. The voting can be organized using Swift Polling, which is a simple tool to create real-time polls.
The quiz questions can be of 3 types: fun, challenging, and rewarding.
1. Fun quiz questions
If you are presenting an academic research on, let’s say Microbiology or Quantum Physics, you would want to use some funny quiz questions to entertain your audience. As the topic of your presentation is heavy, this is a good way to make people get distracted for a moment, before you go on and continue talking about microorganisms or quantum theory.
The benefit of these types of questions is that you have control over what your audience is distracted by; they still use their phones or tablets, but they are answering the questions that you are asking them. Also, you control the time period of their “distraction”; usually it’s better to keep it no more than a minute.
Some examples of such questions:
- If animals could talk, what would you ask them?
- If you could go to Mars, who would you take with you?
- If you could have a superpower, which would you choose?
- How many chickens would it take to take down an elephant?
2. Challenging quiz questions
These are the types of questions that are directly connected to the topic of your presentation and are checking the audience’s level of understanding. Let’s say you are presenting about the Marketing Mix and you do not want your audience to get bored in the middle of your presentation.
What to do? It’s simple!
Ask them to vote! You can ask them “What are the 4 P’s of Marketing Mix?” or “Choose the best answer to define the Marketing Mix”. This way you are making sure that your audience:
a) Is paying attention to what you are saying
b) Understands the point you are making.
Some more examples of challenging questions:
- Which are the core concepts of Marketing today?
- How many stages are there in the Marketing process?
- What are the external forces that influence your Marketing Mix?
3. Rewarding quiz questions
These types of questions create competition. The interesting part is that they can be both rewarding and challenging, as long as they offer a reward.
The reward itself is not essential here. What is important is the idea of the reward. It can be a t-shirt or a candy, its goal is to engage as many people as possible. I would recommend not to announce what the reward is until the results are revealed – the mystery will trigger the competition.
Some examples of such questions are:
- Jim and Wanda both have some apples. If Jim gives Wanda an apple, they will both have the same number of apples. However, if Wanda gives Jim an Apple, Jim will have twice as many as Wanda. How many apples do Jim and Wanda each have?
- Alice came across a lion and a unicorn in a forest of forgetfulness. The lion lies every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The unicorn lies only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Lion: Yesterday I lied.
Unicorn: So did I.
Question: Which day did they say that?
Here you go! The 3 types of questions you can create using real-time polling that will make your presentation engaging and memorable. Go ahead and create yours!
What are some of the quiz questions you would ask to your audience?