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Your Guide to Engagement in a Face-to-Face Session

Reminders at the Podium

  1. Speak up and be heard.
  2. Introduce yourself.
  3. Repeat questions for others.
  4. Keep the topic hot.
  5. Keep it conversational.
  6. Keep the time.
  7. Continue the conversation.

Review these seven podium tips in more detail now!

Participant Polling - Use polls to query the audience about their thoughts, demograhics, or understanding of your topic. Adjust your content accordingly. Ask their opinions on key issues, where they stand in their own adoption cycles of new tools or their concerns related to new tools or processes. Use tools such as Poll Everywhere to allow audience responses by text, Twitter, or the web.

Question and Answer Tools - Allow attendees to pose questions throughout your presentation to maintain engagement. Take time mid-stream to answer time-sensitive questions; pose your own questions to the audience at the end. Tools like Live Question Tool and Google Moderator encourage audience participation in question submission and response.

Backchannel Communication - Generate buzz between attendees; encourage audience members to share links, respond to questions, or add their own commentary through the backchannel. Publicize a hashtag for your session for Twitter. Seed the conversation by using Twtpoll to ask attendees questions or mining the Twitter stream for questions or key ideas.  Use  to generate questions and audience participation. 

Participant Collaboration - Use online documents, such as Google Docs, to gather discussion questions up front. Encourage participants to share their knowledge. Seed discussion questions yourself, if necessary; reference the document in your presentation.