by Adam Noar
I attended a marketing conference last week that included a bunch of big and fancy keynote presentations. You know, the kind you see at Apple’s big reveal presentation every year.
During the conference, to my pleasant surprise, I was exposed to a new online polling and Q&A platform called Slido.
And I was IMPRESSED …
Why? It made audience polling and the Q&A part of the presentations incredibly seamless and fun for the audience.
Since I enjoyed using the tool so much, today I’m going to talk about why this platform is such a smart enhancement for your presentations, meetings, and more.
Let’s start off by talking about what Slido is (and how it works) and then we will get into the key reasons you should consider using Slido in your next presentation.
What is Slido
In a nutshell, Slido is a simple Q&A and polling platform that will drastically improve the interactivity for your company meetings and events.
The beauty of Slido is that it is based on crowdsourcing.
Using crowdsourcing (i.e., where you make your audience in charge), the best questions from your audience are displayed on screen based on the number of votes they receive.
Audience members can also use Slido to answer survey questions and see the results live on the big screen.
With Slido’s polling feature everyone can see how their personal response aligns with everyone else in the room
How to use Slido
Getting a Slido up and running for your presentations is extremely easy.
Simply ask your audience to visit Slido.com using their smartphones and then type in your presentations event code.
Once the audience enters the code they are logged in and can start sending in their questions or answering survey questions on their smartphone.
You (the presenter) or your staff members can moderate the questions before they go live and all incoming questions will appear on the left side to be reviewed where you can easily approve or dismiss them.
Here’s a quick 2 min video that demonstrates how it works in a live presentation:
When to use Slido
Slido can be used for many types of presentations and meetings. Here are a few examples:
Company meetings – Increase employee participation in your company meetings (e.g., an all-hands meeting). Get feedback on business updates and enable employees to submit and upvote their questions for all-hands Q&A with leadership.
Conferences – Avoid those silent moments when nobody has questions or when you have to pass a microphone. Crowdsource the questions from the audience during and after the presentation and start the Q&A with a list of great questions. Let everyone upvote the best ones so you can get the most out of the Q&A time.
Slido allows audiences to ask questions using their smartphone and then see the most popular questions on stage.
Image by Brett Walsh
Team meetings – Have more effective team meetings. Get your team members to submit their ideas or suggestions before the meeting to save time for the face-to-face discussion. Once in the meeting, review the ideas together and curate the most valuable ones by upvoting.
So we’ve talked about what Slido is and how to quickly insert it into any presentation. Now, lets talk about seven reasons the tool is so useful.
#1.) Maximize the effectiveness of your Q&A time
Have you ever seen a Q&A session that fell flat? I have seen many of these and it’s not pretty. When you have a silent Q&A session you’ve lost a great opportunity to connect with your audience further.
With Slido you can significantly increase Q&A participation during your presentations.
Not only do you get a handful of the best questions the room has to offer (due to audience upvoting) you eliminate the fear of asking questions during a presentation, which leads to the next point.
#2.) Remove the fear asking questions
Not everyone likes being bold and asking questions in front of a large crowd. In fact, almost half of the people on this planet are considered introverts where they are more likely to shy away from these activities.
Slido let’s people anonymously ask questions using their smartphone
With Slido you can increase the quantity and quality of questions by allowing people to ask anonymously.
This takes all the pressure of the audience members and gets them to focus on thinking of great thought-provoking questions to ask during your Q&A session.
#3.) Have control over which questions are asked
For some presentations, you may want to control the questions that are asked and displayed on screen.
With Slido you can turn on moderation and easily filter any inappropriate questions before they go live. This way when you see the question “Will pigs ever fly?” you can quickly delete and move on to more appropriate questions.
#4.) Display the top questions to your audience (using upvoting)
With Slido you can boost audience engagement by displaying the top questions live during the Q&A.
The top questions will be based on the number of votes they receive from the audience.
#5.) Break the ice at the start of your presentations
To set the tone and help your audience members feel more comfortable, you can use Slido to kick off your presentation with a short icebreaker question. This could be a fun trivia type question that has some connection to your presentation topic.
You might even want to tell your audience that they could ask there neighbor next to them for help. This will help people bond with colleagues they don’t work with daily. Beat the awkward silence at the beginning and wake the inner networker in each participant.
#6.) Find out peoples expectations during your presentation.
If you’re presenting as part of a larger event (e.g., an offsite conference) before launching into information-packed sessions, it’s useful to understand what people want to get out of the event. To understand and match people’s expectations, discover what they are.
You can use Slido to run a live poll at the start of your conference to find out which themes people want to learn more about.
It will help you uncover the areas people want to focus on, and you can tailor the content accordingly if your agenda allows for some flexibility.
#7.) Run a quick survey (that shows live results to your audience)
Do you want to know how people really feel about something related to your presentation event? Take a pulse check with your team and run a quick satisfaction poll with your audience.
You can create a survey with rating polls about personal excitement, team roles, learning & development, or whatever else you want to gather feedback on.
If you don’t want to ask the questions on the spot, you can always share the survey link a week before your offsite and send a few reminders. You could then review the results together at the offsite and explain how you plan to address the weak areas. The results will help you track and measure improvement over time.
Conclusion – It’s time to make your presentations more interactive
The best presentations are the ones that give your attendees a voice.
By creating a space for interaction your audience will be much more engaged.
The next time you want to survey your audience or run a Q&A at your presentation event turn it into a better experience using a platform like Slido. Doing this will help you maximize the presentations value to all participants.
Here is my question for you …
After learning about Slido is this something you would be willing to try?
Sound off in your comments below… And please remember to be as specific as possible.
Also, do you have a friend that is currently creating a new presentation and could benefit from knowing how to make their presentation more interactive? If so, send them a link to this blog post right now. I’m sure, they will return the favor to you one day!
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