A better Q&A starts by ditching the questions slide

An effective PowerPoint presentation is complementary. It enhances what the speaker is saying by summarizing information, giving additional details, or visualizing what’s being discussed. Ask yourself, which of those does a “Thank you!” or “Questions?” slide accomplish? It’s a missed opportunity. There are better alternatives that drive home the key points of your presentation and… continue reading »

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Rethink town hall meetings as two-way conversations

Employees are disengaged. They’ve checked out. They’re ambivalent towards their employers. Gallup calls it a crisis. Thought leaders such as Josh Bersin say the issue “is becoming one of the biggest competitive differentiators in business.” Research from McKinsey shows that organizations that are good at motivating employees are 60% more likely to be in the… continue reading »

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Reflecting on the values that guide us – a rare opportunity

As a team, we haven’t been big on mission statements or sweeping pronouncements of our values. We prefer to show rather than tell. But as Poll Everywhere has grown, our ambition to change presentations has grown. Polling is increasingly being used not just by the most cutting edge professional speakers, but by everyday heroes in… continue reading »

How to structure a presentation your audience will actually remember

Poll Everywhere welcomes Dr. Carmen Simon as the guest author of this post on presentation structure and how it affects memory. Dr. Simon is a cognitive scientist, a leader in the virtual presentation movement, and an internationally renowned public speaker. She’s also a founder of Rexi Media, a worldwide presentation consulting firm. For more on… continue reading »

5 interactive presentation ideas that leave a lasting impression

Attention is the gatekeeper of our memories. If you can’t get your audience to sit up and take notice, your presentation will soon be forgotten. In her webinar, Using neuroscience to create presentations with lasting impact, Dr. Carmen Simon, cognitive scientist and cofounder of Rexi Media, emphasized the importance of attention when forming new memories…. continue reading »

5 interactive games that add friendly competition to any presentation

Four experts. Three rounds. One survivor. That was the wrinkle Fordham introduced into his company’s recurring panel discussions. Each panelist would answer specific questions related to their field. The audience would then vote on who gave the best responses. Whoever received the fewest votes was then banished. The discussions continued until only one panelist –… continue reading »