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Focus on Interactivity

Put a Focus on Interactivity and Audience Engagement

Based on feedback we received from our recent conference design study, attendees would like more interactivity in session presentations as it helps reinforce learning.

Posing questions and including activities in your session can make an enormous difference in your presentation. Involving your audience helps the ideas and thoughts you are trying to get across be more memorable and make attendees feel like they are part of the conversation. Consider working one of the suggestions below in your presentation:

  • Incorporate a live poll into your slide deck to get audience feedback, help guide your presentation, or to use as a quiz tool
  • Use a couple of your slides as quick “quizzes,” ask the audience to answer, or fill in the blanks in your slides
  • Perform a demo and have an audience member participate in it
  • Divide your audience into small groups to discuss the topic among themselves and share with the larger group afterwards
  • Take time at the end of your presentation to ask your audience to share their experience about the topic
  • Place Q&A opportunities in the middle of a presentation to wake up your audience and invite a little participation. Even if you don’t answer questions right away, the unexpected invitation to ask a question can act as a trigger to encourage audience members to speak up.
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