In a webinar, what’s the best poll question you’ve ever heard? I just thought of a doozy, I reckon, yet I’ve never heard a presenter ask it. (It’s only “6½” words long, too!)
More on that shortly, but first, why not think for a moment about what might make a good poll question?
As webinars become more common, I believe poll questions are one of their 3 biggest time-wasters. That’s because, if you run a poll, you need to wait for most people to respond, yet you can’t easily adjust your talk to suit the results anyway.
Improve your polls by asking the poll questions beforehand
So, recently I suggested how you can improve your polls by asking the poll questions beforehand (when people register for the webinar), rather than during the event itself. That lets you build your whole talk around the results. So your audience’s feedback is (deservedly) central to your message, not just peripheral to it – and nor do you waste anyone’s time!
The “doozy” question I mentioned earlier’s an exception though, as it can only be asked live. That’s because it’s designed specifically for you to adjust your talk (on the spot) to suit the answers you get, which as I mentioned is completely unlike most polls.
Your audience will respond to it extremely well
I believe your audience will respond to it extremely well for 2 reasons: