Make Presentations Fun Again: How Has Changed the Way We View Audience Participation

You can start your presentation by saying, “I want this to be a discussion,” but it never is. Both you and the audience know that it will probably be a lecture. Because many people fear public speaking, they would rather sit back and absorb information than participate in the discussion. But you can’t blame them; they’re just glad they are not the ones on the stage.

But, we’ve also had presentations that were simply amazing because the audience was outgoing and engaged. We wanted to find a way to make every presentation like this, and we thankfully found Have Changed the Way We Give Presentations in an interactive web app that has truly changed how we present. Users can quickly go to the website and simply enter a code to become part of the conversation; no download needed. We love it and want to share our experiences with you. allows us to:

Have Effective Q&A’s With Audience Participation has revolutionized the Q&A format. Anyone who has done a Q&A knows that the same few audience members who aren’t afraid to speak out will ask the questions. At the same time, the rest don’t say a word. Or worse yet, someone asks a question specific to their situation that doesn’t further the discussion and bogs down the presentation. solve this problem by allowing every audience member to ask questions anonymously through their phones.

Once you approve a question, the members of the audience can view it and thumbs up a question, meaning they’re wondering the same thing as well. With, we’ve had more effective and meaningful Q&As than simply calling on random individuals.

Get Meaningful Answers to Polls

Tired of taking a poll only to have dozens of people in the audience give no answer? Sometimes it’s a simple yes or no question! The thing is, participants in any conference/presentation are often reluctant to express their opinions or experiences to a group of people, especially on sensitive issues. allows us to create polls and even multiple-choice questions in seconds and instantly poll the audience. The results are then relayed and directed back to us or projected to the audience on the screen.

Easily Distribute Slides to the Audience

With, you will never again be asked, “Can you go back to the last slide?” or, “Are these slides available for us to download?” Participants can pull your slides up directly on their phones and, if you allow them, download them in PDF or PowerPoint.

View, Manage, and Analyze Data

But perhaps what we love the most about is the wealth of data it provides. Everything participants do is tracked and available for you to review later. Review which questions were the most popular and then add them to your next presentation or save poll results and use them as exhibits in the future. You can also optimize your presentation by seeing which slides were the most popular among your audience.

Never Worry About Audience Participation Again With

We can honestly say that a presentation without isn’t as effective. Not only is the audience genuinely curious about the new technology, but they have the means to actually participate throughout the presentation. If you’re having trouble with audience participation during your presentations, is, hands down, one of the best solutions we have found.

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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