Make the most of Q&A and polls with a virtual events platform

Q&A and polls platform is one of those tools that help you pull the audience into your event. It also lets them co-create it in real-time participation. In this article, we evaluate examples of how to get the most of the Q&A and polls from the Worksup virtual events platform.

The tasks in Worksup interactive virtual events platform are made easy to use. Think in advance about how to incorporate Q&A and polls into the structure of your event. Here are simple tips about how you can use the Q&A platform.

Technical equipment and requirements

Q&A platforms are the most efficient when questions are displayed live on the wall or on the screen. The audience feels more encouraged to submit and like more questions when they see them on the big screen. Also, make sure you have fully working computer with a good Internet connection where you can moderate questions. A projector for presentation and a screen or a clean wall where you can present the questions – another must-have.

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Q&A with upvotes, Worksup virtual events platform

Let your guests know

Don’t forget to inform the audience about wifi and how to log in and use the virtual events platform. Also, why not give them warm-up exercises like a simple poll or task like “make a fun selfie”. It’ll help to get used to using the virtual conference app.

Remind your guests to ask questions, vote in polls and rate speakers to enjoy virtual events platform to fullest. Inform your guests a few weeks before the event about the login requirements and send them event ID.  Also, do not forget to ask questions about the topics beforehand, so you would discuss the most relevant information at the event.

Planning

During the event, moderators can choose the best questions into the discussion and steer the conversation in the direction that participants want it to go, so keep an eye on valuable questions, also the most liked question from the audience. Also, you have probably noticed that after the presentation the speaker usually asks if anybody has some questions, which sometimes can lead to awkward silence or the speaker can face a lot of questions in a short time slot. Worksup platform helps you to pick the most favourite questions and topics before the Q&A session starts, so you can easily address them during the event and save time when needed. Also, let them know that you would like to have feedback on how they liked the pitch. For example, they can rate a speaker directly or you can create a feedback survey based on a poll feature.

Inform moderators and technical team

Moderators have a really important role in successful Q&A and audience polling. Inform them how you would like the Q&A and poll sessions to happen. Ask them to introduce Worksup virtual events platform, inform them how and where participants can join in and encourage them to call to action.  Inform moderators, speakers and technical team about how and when Worksup will be used at the virtual event.

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Moderator at the event

Creative tips

Also, why not to use Google glasses for even better results for audience interaction.

Well, even if Saturday Night Live did a hilarious sketch that made fun of how awkward and strange the glasses seem, we still cannot dismiss the fact that these glasses are highly effective when you like to use a wearable computer that projects efficiently information on a display viewable with an upward glance.

This is one way how to seem even more prepared and interesting for the audience. For instance, Sergey Brin had crafted his Google Glass TED talk to explain the ways that such devices might change our lives and how it can be effectively used in different ways. With Google Glass you can enable hands-free slideshow control, you can do a hands-free translation of your signage and directions and poster presentations, the possibilities with this gadget are probably endless. Watch the video here.

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Google glass demonstration, TED talks