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  • 1.  Using polling as the best conference tech for your speakers

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 03-22-2023 10:22

    Happy Wednesday everyone! Let's kickstart with our next edition of the Tip of the Week discussion! Incorporating conference tech into your corporate event can help speakers to streamline their presentations and make themselves stand out. Polling makes a session or conference more interesting to attend live and also helps attendees better retain the information they hear by involving them in the presentation. 

     

    3 Benefits of Polling 

    • Speakers can find valuable information from the audience that will inform the rest of the presentation, allowing them to be more engaging.  

    • It's anonymous and does not require verbal participation. Polling can help even the most introverted of attendees be heard. 

    • It's easy to immediately identify topics and concerns that are top-of-mind for the audience. 

     

    Tips to Use Polling 

    • It's possible to incorporate polling software directly into the conference application. Although independent polling software exists, incorporating it into your existing conference tech can free up a lot of your budget. 

    • The ease of use means that you can incorporate polling at several different points of the session, and in different ways. 

    • Organizers can also get feedback from attendees, and access the results as quickly as the audience responds. 

    • Some types of conference tech allow you to send polling data to users at the conclusion of the session. This can be a great way to refresh attendees' memories and open up discussion about the session even after the event has ended.  

     

    Questions for you! 

    • How do you use polls during your event?

    • Share your key tip to best use polls during an event/conference 

    As always, feel free to drop in your suggestions in the comment section below! #CventTip #Cventip 


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    Megha Jetley
    Assistant Manager
    Cvent Marketing Department
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  • 2.  RE: Using polling as the best conference tech for your speakers

    User Group Member
    Posted 03-24-2023 07:53

    We have not used Cvent polling for our events. However, when we've used some sort of polling platform and structure, I have tried to use binary questions to keep the answers simple and the question time short.



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    Cate Liverman
    Constituent Relations Director
    UVA Medical Alumni Association and Medical School FoundationUnited States
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  • 3.  RE: Using polling as the best conference tech for your speakers

    User Group Member
    Posted 03-24-2023 09:50
    • How do you use polls during your event?

      • In the past, we've used polls throughout sessions to drive audience engagement about a specific topic
    • Share your key tip to best use polls during an event/conference 

      • Keep them short and sweet, and don't go overboard with too many in one session


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    Bouran Qaddumi
    Sr. Manager, Training
    Church's Chicken
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  • 4.  RE: Using polling as the best conference tech for your speakers

    User Group Member
    Posted 03-24-2023 11:15

    I've used polls as both gathering insight and for fun.  At safety conferences, many attendees have different views on what to prioritize.  Using a poll, we can receive honest feedback without having to worry about the loudest voice in the room "winning" and without having to worry people are going with the flow.  We also can use polls just for fun (such as which is the best color out of the list; or what is the best type of food, etc.).  Polls can even be used in a sly way to learn about food or drink preferences for future events (they'll appear to be "just for fun",  but there are things you can learn and do with the information).

    Best tip is to not overdo the number of polls, and try to keep the questions short and easy to understand.  Also, give some time for answers as some people may need to dig their phone or iPad out of their bag and log into the app.  I try to wait 10-15 seconds after reading the question and options before advancing to the results.  Also recommend letting people know to have their device handy as there will be polling taking place in the presentation.



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    Julie-Michelle Davis, CMP
    Meetings Manager
    Amex GBT - USA
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  • 5.  RE: Using polling as the best conference tech for your speakers

    User Group Member
    Posted 03-27-2023 12:17
    • How do you use polls during your event? We have a mobile app we use that has polling or when we do virtual events we incorporate polls. We'll normally ask questions that pertain to a topic our speakers are discussing and at the end of the session, we'll toss the results up on the screen and either the panelists or moderator will speak to what they're seeing in the results.

    • Share your key tip to best use polls during an event/conference  Ensure questions are easy to ask and non-ambiguous so it's obvious what answer people want to pick. Don't ask questions just to have them, they really should add value to what you're incorporating them into.



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    Rachel
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  • 6.  RE: Using polling as the best conference tech for your speakers

    Community MVP
    Posted 03-27-2023 13:13
    • How do you use polls during your event?

      • We use polls as a way to track engagement and offer continuing education