I think it’s fair to say we have all sat in rooms where the speaker says “raise your hand if you…” or “how many of you have…” When those interactions don’t work, the room quickly turns into a room of non-interaction, the complete opposite to what you wanted to achieve. No one raises a hand, so no one else ventures to raise a hand, and you can almost hear the energy leave the room like a gust of wind and with that the awkwardness increases. Those forms of interaction are tough, even for experienced speakers with excellent skills and content. Most people struggle with the hand-raising forms of participation and have mostly given it up. The trouble is most people in the audience are answering your questions, only its in their head. So how do we turn their internal voice in to creative audience engagement.

We have found other ways to engage your audience and we think they work much better. In particular:creative audience engagement

Voting Keypads:

Optimized for small, medium and large presentation environments, our keypads take advantage of the latest in audience response technology advancements. Our keypads provide features and functionality that ensure responses from tens to thousands are accurately, timely and effortlessly transmitted to the presenter.

Voting Apps/ with ask a question features:

One app, all devices! An optimised mobile app that doesn’t require you to download it. It detects which phone you are using and runs seamlessly on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile and Nokia. In addition, it runs on any tablet device, such as iPad and Galaxy, ensuring all attendees access the mobile conference app regardless what mobile device they use. Attendees can answer multiple choice or text response this can be complete anonymously or tracked.

These types of less orthodox and less anticipated participation can build much greater engagement between an audience and a speaker. With increase interaction and compelling content you have what we call an Audience Alive.

Top reasons to use Audience Engagement technology:

  1. Involve participants and increase memory retention by three to five times.
  2. Increase interest and participation with interaction.
  3. Show results instantly and increase involvement and enjoyment for both participants and presenters.
  4. Quality discussions on gaps in thinking that have been raised.
  5. Provide invaluable information and detail by reviewing evaluation and comparison.




Conor Hyland