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Handy Word Cloud Examples to Try in Your Next Meeting

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New to word clouds? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a little inspiration to incorporate them in a new way during your next meeting. Either way, we’ve got you covered in this post! We’re going to break down the basics of using word clouds and we’ll also share some great word cloud examples to get you started.

What is a Word Cloud?

First, let’s talk about what they are and how they’re used. Essentially, a word cloud is a visual representation of several ideas or words in one place. Rather than a bullet point list of top responses, for example, audience responses could be shown in a cloud instead. 

Whether you call it a live word cloud, a tag cloud, or a word collage, the idea behind this tool starts with collecting responses from an audience or group. Then, you have them visually represented in a cloud of words. The more common an answer or response, the bigger and bolder it will appear in the cloud. 

There are several benefits to using a word cloud to represent ideas and responses. Not only is it visually appealing, but your audience will love seeing their responses represented this way over plain old graphs and charts.

Where to Use Them

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about some of the specific situations where using a word cloud comes in handy. 

Here are a few examples:

  • During a brainstorming session
  • Breaking the ice in a new group 
  • Discovering popular opinions 
  • Illuminating complex topics that need further discussion

Additionally, they can be used during in-person or remote meetings (or hybrid workplaces) to inspire, engage, and interact with your audience, group, or team.

Word Cloud Examples

Next, it’s time to share some real-life examples of word clouds so you can give them a try for your next meeting! 

Find out where your audience is tuning in from

Is your team scattered around the country? Or even the world? If you’re conducting remote meetings, a word cloud based on where everyone is tuning in from is an awesome way to start! 

If multiple people are watching from the same place, that city will appear in bigger text in the cloud. Then, less common responses will appear in smaller fonts around the rest of the cloud.

Guide the course of the meetings

Maybe you’re conducting an all-hands meeting and you want to get a better idea of the topics that are most important to attendees. Give them a set number of options to choose from, then have them submit their responses. 

This gives you an idea of the topics that are most important to the majority of attendees. Then, you can prioritize these topics over others.

Celebrate other team members

Couldn’t we all use a little morale boost sometimes? Using a word cloud to celebrate team members is a fun way to do this! Have your meeting attendees submit the name of a fellow team member who went above and beyond in the past month.

Run better events and meetings

The beauty of these clouds and other interactive audience engagement tools is the ability to collect real-time feedback when you need it most. With these tools, including word clouds, you can quickly find out what your audience or team expects. 

In this case, you could ask them to use one word to describe what they expect from the meeting or event. You might see “networking” pop up more frequently than other words. Then, as the meeting or event host, you can be sure to facilitate as many networking opportunities for attendees.

Icebreakers

Word clouds offer a fun and easy way to break the ice with your attendees. For example, rather than using a word, you can ask your attendees to submit the emoji that best describes how they’re feeling. Then, you can watch these emojis come to life as responses roll in!

How to Create A Word Cloud with Swift Polling

If you’ve never created a cloud, or at least one with Swift Polling, don’t worry—it’s easier than ever with our software. 

  • First, you’ll enter your Swift Polling user dashboard and select “Create a Poll.” 
  • Then, you choose the Word Cloud option to visualize the keywords your audience submits in this classic colorful format. 
  • Next, you can ask an open-ended question or have your audience pick from set options.
  • You can also choose to share the word cloud with participants or keep it to yourself. (You can even filter out certain phrases, moderate responses, and use a profanity filter)

Click here if you’re ready to get started or learn more! 

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