If you want your presentation to stand out, you need to add something unique and memorable to it. Your goal has to be not only differentiating your presentation from the others but also to add interactivity and engagement.
So how do you face this dilemma?
Here are four benefits that real-time polls can bring to your presentation and make it stand out.
In today’s era of technology, gadgets and the internet, it is very hard to keep your audience engaged. People get bored very quickly, especially if your presentation is one of several they are listening to that day. Moreover, they can get distracted by their smartphones and tablets with emails, social media and the news.
The solution is using real-time polls.
When you put some questions between your slides, it creates communication with your audience. You make them think, analyze, and reflect, instead of just listening to you. Making those questions interactive using real-time polling triggers people’s desire to participate.
Here’s a helpful guide to the three types of questions you can ask to your audience.
Swift has many interesting features such as voting via text messages and web widgets. You can create a sequence of polls and choose a template along with the background that you like. It has a free trial for the first 50 votes and different pricing plans.
2. Understanding your audience
When you are presenting to a large audience, it is difficult to predict the level of experience of each one of them or to collect everyone’s background information. This is especially true when you are dealing with people of different professions. You are almost always guessing what your audience wants and are often creating your presentation hoping that you’ll get lucky.
But there is a better way.
Instead of leaning on luck, take everything in your own hands. Ask your audience about their preferences, interests, and opinions while you are presenting. Then you can adapt your presentation and anecdotes as needed. Let’s say you are giving a presentation on how to market yourself and your personal brand. You can learn how experienced your audience is by asking: “Do you have any of the following?”
a) A personal website
b) Social media accounts
c) Business cards
Then you can adjust your presentation based on the needs of your audience.
You can also ask the audience about themselves. For example:
“Are you a…”
This way you will be able to structure your presentation correctly and make it more memorable for your audience.
3. Checking your audience’s understanding
When you are presenting on a topic that contains lots of new information or is complex, you need to make sure that the audience understands the material.
Sometimes you can’t go on and present the next concept if the audience still struggles with the previous one. You can use online polling to quiz the audience and gauge their level of understanding. After seeing the results, you can decide whether there is a need to elaborate more on that concept before moving on.
Here is some good advice on how to check if your audience is following.
4. Controlling their distraction
We already touched on the fact that because of smartphones, tablets and the internet, people often get distracted during the presentations. If they get a message or email notification, they cannot resist the urge of opening it. In doing so, they may miss an important point in your presentation. At seminars where people are listening to multiple presentations one after another, their brains cannot keep focus all the time. People usually go to social media or start browsing the internet.
What can you do prevent this?
Well, we suggest to use their distraction to your advantage! If you put some polls in between your slides for people to vote, you will be able to control what they are getting distracted on. The polling will give their brains some breaks by preventing them from getting bored. Furthermore, you will control the time span of their distraction; you can stop voting whenever you think it’s time to move on.
Written by Mariam Nazaryan