Is It an Effective Meeting if No One Asks a Question?

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A good example of an effective meeting: audience participation
Issues & Solutions: How Text Software Helps to Increase Employee Participation

Do you have an optimal level of staff participation at your company meetings? A recent conversation with a potential client had me considering the importance of constructive communication between staff and CEO. Unfortunately, these issues aren’t just limited to this potential client…Do any of these issues sound familiar to you? Text-to-screen software for events offers up some potential solutions to staff participation problems.

The Major Issue: Lack of Employee Participation at Company Meetings
In 2 years of quarterly meetings, not a single question was asked of this particular CEO. Not only does he know his employees have questions that are going unanswered, it’s disappointing for him to put so much effort into creating company-wide presentations and not get any feedback, questions or concerns.

This CEO wants to create an engaging dynamic between himself and his employees, one that encourages back and forth communication and growth. Without proper employee participation, both parties are missing out on opportunities to create positive change within the company.

The Solution
Event texting software removes the most common barriers to communication by allowing employees to text comments, questions and concerns anonymously. Texting software allows employees to ask the tough questions that can create necessary changes in a company. Maybe an employee doesn’t want their name associated with a critique. Many employees simply have a fear of public speaking. Whatever the case may be, anonymous texting software removes these fears allowing for you to create an atmosphere of open communication for more effective meetings.

 

Second Issue: Remote Employees Aren’t Active Participants
This particular company holds meetings with a large number of employees who work remotely. While technology allows for easy viewing of meetings, remote employees don’t have a way to participate in a Q&A session nearly as effectively as the employees who are physically present.

The Solution
If you have a cell phone with SMS capabilities, you can participate in your meeting in a direct way. Remote employees can text their questions to the CEO from anywhere in the world. This leads to increased overall audience participation, employee satisfaction and inclusion. Text polling software provides an efficient avenue for remote employees to participate, making them feel engaged in the experience and not just like an “outside viewer.”

 

Third Issue: Employees Miss an Opportunity to Interact with Their CEO
Employees are losing out on a valuable resource of information: Their own CEO. Don’t underestimate the power of hearing directly from your company’s CEO. While sending e-mails and newsletters may get information across to an entire company, hearing the CEO respond to your questions and concerns verbally has a more personal impact.

The Solution
Text to screen software promotes active participation during your event. Instead of pushing for verbal feedback and not getting a response, or using surveys after the meeting, use live text message polling to spark a conversation right then and there. Ensuring staff participation with text polling and response also ensures that employees get to hear from their CEO directly. Take advantage of this powerful opportunity.

If your company is facing similar issues, know that there are ways to increase employee participation at your events. Text message polling, questions and feedback have the ability to drastically increase your staff’s participation, leading to much more effective meetings.

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Benefits of Text Response for Event Leaders

Text Response for Events

Creating a back-and-forth dialogue with your audience can be tricky. Since great events and presentations often depend on quality audience participation, this aspect of event planning is not to be overlooked. Text-to-screen services, allowing the audience to respond to a question or comment through text messaging, can be an extremely beneficial tool for a presenter or event leader.

Text Responses in your events allow you to…

Gauge the State of your Audience
Are they focused on what’s being presented? Do you need to take your presentation in a different direction? Gaining a response through text allows you to assess the interest of most, if not all, of your audience members. Of those who own and operate a cell phone, text messaging has become a tool that users utilize on a daily basis. Sending a comment or text during a presentation is quick, easy and something that most audience members can do without taking attention away from the important information at hand.

Open the Lines of Communication
Text response comments facilitate communication between the audience and the presenter. Many barriers to communication are removed. Audience members who don’t feel comfortable voicing their opinion or question publicly can do so anonymously through a text message. Valuable and necessary discussions are brought up, allowing for important information to be exchanged.

Increase Interactivity, Increase Attention
Asking the audience for a text response, whether it be a question, comment, or poll vote, stimulates the audience’s attention. By allowing them an opportunity to interact, you will also increase their attention to the information that is being presented. Your audience takes in information in many different ways, primarily through auditory and visual channels. Taking in information tactilely is one more way you can stimulate your audience’s engagement in your presentation. Just as with taking written notes, text messaging physically engages the audience in a non-typical way, increasing awareness and engagement in the presentation itself.

Allow for Flexibility in your Presentation
You have the ability to take your presentation in many different directions, thanks to input from your audience. Many presenters find the opportunity useful: it often relieves the pressure of hoping the audience benefits from your presentation or event, because you are free to discuss the topics of interest to your audience. Instead of wondering if you’re hitting the right points of interest, you create a more audience-driven presentation.

Audience-to-presenter text response creates a more beneficial and memorable event experience. Implementing text-to-screen software is an ideal way to open the lines of communication and gauge the response of your audience in real-time.

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