When should you let your audience send text messages for Q&A Questions?

When should you let your audience send text messages for Q&A Questions?

According to many studies, most adults spend at least twenty three hours a week sending and receiving texts from their smartphone. Given these staggering statistics, wouldn’t it make sense to incorporate text messaging at events for questions and answering? The many benefits of text-to-screen technology includes: audience can use their own phones, every attendee will have the chance to ask his/her question during the event, questions can be posted anonymously, event organizers can download the questions, questions can be used to gather event feedback, and much more! For your next conference, meeting, or other important function, encourage your participants to send text messages for Q&A questions.

Types of Events Where Text Messaging Technology Is Appropriate 

Company Meetings 
Did you know that public speaking is the top fear of people in the United States? To encourage shy and reserved employees to stand up and ask questions during company meetings, consider using SMS technology. When employees participate in text-to-screen applications, not only does the communication improve between employees and corporate leaders, but the innovative technology will allow users to ask questions anonymously, openly, and honestly.

Conferences and Workshops
If you are having a conference, text-to-screen applications are a great way to send questions to keynote speakers. The podium speakers can then modify their presentations in real time to meet the interests of the audience. Just don’t forget to have your attendees send text messages for Q&A questions before or throughout the presentation.

Town Halls
Remember when a microphone would be passed around for question and answer sessions?
For town hall meetings or any other event where the input of a group of people is important, you need to replace this old method with an innovative text messaging system to encourage widespread involvement during panel discussions. Instead of an assistant running around the room with a microphone, incorporate text-to-screen technology into the panel discussion to ensure that the amount of questions received and answered is significantly increased.

Church 
The strategic use of a text messaging system during church sessions or youth group events can allow for increased gamification of activities. By using trivia questions or other fun games throughout church functions, attendees are more likely to learn and retain important information. These games are also a great way to increase participation among church members.

Orientation 
Most employees and new students will feel slightly nervous during orientation. Why not alleviate their fears during question and answer time with text messaging applications? The use of SMS technology during orientations will immediately remove the fear of public speaking that hinders most new employees and students. After the event, you can even improve your next orientation by reviewing the questions from the text messages.

Employee or Team Training 
An employee or team training can be greatly enhanced when text-to-screen technology is used. Even people who have been on a team for a while may feel nervous about asking questions when new information is presented. Since research has shown that communication between management and employees is always ranked low, try using SMS technology during team trainings to encourage employees to feel comfortable asking questions, which will ultimately increase workplace satisfaction.

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6 Ways to Use Text Messaging in Company Team Building

Building a strong and positive team should be a main focus for any business. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on outdated team building exercises, think about incorporating text messaging to create a strong and unified team.

Here are 6 ways that text messaging can be used in team building:

1. Staff Surveys/Questionnaires
Text message your employees about a change they’d like to see implemented, or ask something as simple as where to order lunch. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to contribute. Getting the entire company involved in both the big¬†and¬†little everyday decisions can go a long way in boosting team morale.

2. Get to Know New Employees
Two-way texting software is beneficial for welcoming new members to your team. Texting seems much more personal than sending a generic “Welcome to Our Company” e-mail. Two-way text could even be utilized between team members in mentorship scenarios, giving brand new team members the opportunity to feel supported while acclimating to a new working environment.

3. Send Picture Messages
Who doesn’t get excited to receive a picture message? Our two-way text messaging software supports image, making texts even more personal. Try planning a team building exercise around a scavenger hunt in which participants must send a picture of something specific. Encourage employees to take pictures of their workspace or an exciting project they’re working on. Images have the ability to bring people together by enhancing personal connections.

4. Voting/Polling
Bring together your team to come to an efficient group decision. Text employees a question in the form of a poll. Poll results can give the team a visual breakdown of where everyone stands on any given issue, giving them a greater understanding of the wants and needs of the entire group.

5. Exchange Ideas
Business leaders, especially at larger corporations, have a reputation of being inaccessible. Implementing texting software gives you a chance to make yourself instantly available to employees, more so than any other method of written communication. The more personal connections you are able to make with your team, the more they will feel as though they are members of a strong unit.

6. Giveaways
What better way to motivate your employees to initiate or respond to a text than by picking one lucky responder to win a prize? Make it something that employees look forward to. Try company trivia and pick a winner from one of the correct responders.

The ways to incorporate text messaging in team building exercises extend far beyond the few ideas we’ve provided. If you want to build a corporate culture that thrives, consider utilizing two-way text messaging for team building exercises.

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