16 Jun Engage Your Audience With Electronic Interactive Voting
What better way of capturing your audience’s attention then through a series of interactive voting questions where delegates become active rather than reactive participants? Incorporating a voting element into your event through the use of hand held voting devices engages your delegates and allows you to set the questions and topics that you want to ask. Voting ensures that each delegate’s voice is heard, gives them the confidence to contribute without peer pressure and means that delegate feedback is high.
We have all been to meetings where a presenter simply talks at you for the duration of the meeting using a series of PowerPoint slides. The danger of this format is that delegates switch off and the key messages you want to convey are lost.
What better way of capturing your audience’s attention than through a series of interactive voting questions where delegates become active rather than reactive participants? Incorporating a voting element into your event engages your delegates and allows you to set the questions and topics that you want to ask. Voting ensures that each delegate’s voice is heard, gives them the confidence to contribute without peer pressure and means that delegate feedback is high.
Here are our top recommendations to enhance your event through the utilisation of an interactive voting system:
Matter of opinion
You can obtain your audience’s opinions on the questions that matter and see their thoughts instantly. You are able to reinforce key messages during the meeting and check understanding. You might want to ask your employees how strongly they feel engaged within the business, how confident they feel about economic growth or their opinions on company sales targets.
Use quiz style questions
Engage your audience through a voting quiz or a set of tests. You might decide to use this as a motivational exercise or as a more serious assessment of your company services and products. Delegates can be scored individually or as part of a team exercise.
At one event, a company decided to test the company knowledge of its delegates through a ‘Test the Nation’ style quiz. Different departments were split into categories which included their gender, favourite colour and star sign.
Use an average
You might decide to evaluate the success of your event by asking individuals for their feedback and ask them to grade their responses using a sliding scale, for example a scale of 1-10 with 10 being excellent. An average score can be calculated for each option allowing results to be instantly compared.
Compare and Contrast opinions
One of the most powerful ways of seeing how your audience’s opinions change is by asking a series of questions at the beginning of your session and repeating them at the end. This allows you to monitor shifts in opinions throughout the event which is useful for panel debates where presenters need to see the shift in audience opinion.
Divide and Conquer
See how your different departments feel about a given topic. You may want to compare how your colleagues’ opinions in sales and marketing differ over those of HR. Generate further debate especially if departments are divided over opinions. You might consider using a series of demographic questions to split individuals into groups. You may want to see how different age groups feel about a particular subject or even have a gender debate. The possibilities are endless.
Give your delegates a wide range of statements that they can choose to agree or disagree with. These types of questions are especially useful for Council meetings, public consultation, AGM’s. These enable you to establish whether a consensus has been reached on a set of topics. Using these in conjunction with demographic questions and comparisons gives you the ability to further analyse your audience’s responses.