We regularly speak with industry leaders from a number of fields to hear about their favorite tips, strategies, and tools for running productive meetings, motivating team members, engaging employees, and a number of other important leadership tasks. In 2021, we spoke with several leaders specifically about the live polling insights that have helped them run their businesses and manage their teams.
Live Polling Insights from 2021
As we look back on 2021, here are some of our favorite insights we want to share with you!
Use live polling to choose the best meeting times for your team
“We have a virtual Zoom meeting at least once a week with our global team of employees. And picking the right time for these meetings is essential when employees live in various time zones. Using an online calendar such as
Google Calendar lets you see everyone’s schedule to determine their availability. Or you can, as we did, run a quick online poll to select the right day and time that allows for the greatest participation. Naturally, there will be some team members who won’t be able to attend. For this reason, recording your team meeting for later viewing is an excellent way to keep everyone on the same page.”
Shaunak Amin, co-founder and CEO of STADIUM
Use polls to encourage interactivity during presentations
“Include some interactivity in your presentation to keep your audience engaged. Humans have a 5-minute average concentrated attention span, so sporadic attempts at interaction aren’t going to cut it. Plan some type of engagement every 4 to 5 minutes to get your audience to interact before they hit the attention-free fall. A question, a poll, or a white-boarding session are all examples of this. Whatever you pick, make sure you plan and prepare ahead of time so that interaction doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of your other responsibilities.”
Gerrid Smith, CMO, Joy Organics
Live polling in virtual presentations
“We run thousands of virtual presentations every month. My #1 tip for successful presentations is to focus on audience participation and engagement. For example, you could include a poll, ask people to do a show of hands, or rate something on a “thumbs up or down” scale. A similar tactic to boost engagement is to use breakout rooms where small groups do activities like icebreaker questions or trivia. The reason these activities are so important is that it converts the presentation from a format of “one to many” to “many to many.” If you only have one person presenting, without audience participation, then they may as well be watching a video. When the audience participates, they feel engaged and like the experience is custom to them.”
Michael Alexis, CEO of TeamBuilding
Polling in PowerPoint
“Whenever I am presenting a PowerPoint, I make it interactive. No matter what type of content the presentation contains, if people have to just sit and listen to someone lecture for an extended amount of time, they will get bored and zone out. So, I try to include interactive content like polls, fun quizzes, and places for input. Depending on the PowerPoint and who I am presenting to, sometimes I will even include small prizes to keep it light and fun.”
Brian Donovan, CEO, Timeshatter
(Did you know Swift Polling has a PowerPoint plug-in so you can embed polls directly into your presentation? Learn more about how it works or try it for yourself here)
Live polling to boost engagement
“I often make use of live polls in my company’s business presentations, because it is not uncommon for an audience’s attention to drop. As such, I find it important to be able to create more interaction with my staff by utilizing live polls, in order to help improve the level of engagement in my conference meetings.
For one, it often helps to encourage my staff to think more deeply about what is being discussed and it also encourages them to lay out their opinions about what is being presented. This in turn allows me to create a sort of group workshop experience that encourages them to speak up more and explain their poll choices, which ultimately contributes to better innovation, communication, and productivity, as whenever employees feel like they’ve participated in the presentation and their ideas heard, they are more motivated and inclined to take their assigned roles and assignments more seriously.”
Eden Cheng, Co-Founder, PeopleFinderFree
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