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, to me most polls tend to be 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.
So what’s this “doozy” question I’m talking about? Just this:
“How’s the pace of this webinar?”
- Much too slow
- A bit too slow
- About right
- A bit too fast
- Much too fast
Could a question get much simpler? Yet its effect on your audience’s perception of you and your webinar will be profoundly positive, for 2 reasons:
- It’s clearly meant to improve the webinar, for them.
- They’ll immediately see you respond meaningfully to their answers.
Your audience will adore you!
The pace of webinars is often much too slow, and that’s one of their biggest issues. Yet I’ve never heard a presenter ask this basic question. So if you ask it and respond accordingly, your audience will adore you!
Mind you, asking that question turns the presentation paradigm on its head: If you ask your audience about your pace, you need to have more content than you think you’ll need. (That way, if your audience thinks the pace has been too slow, you can speed up, and hence cover more of the content you’ve prepared.) And if your audience says your pace has been too fast, you should slow down, in which case of course you’ll cover less of the content.
You’ll blow your competition out of the water!
So I’m not saying this flexible approach is easy, but I’m sure it’s worth it. And when it comes to webinar presenters, you’ll blow your competition out of the water!
(By the way, if you’re wondering, the “½” word I mentioned near the top of this post is the “’s” in “How’s”.)
Over to you
- What’s the best (or worst!) webinar poll question you’ve ever heard, used, or thought of?
- How helpful (and workable) would it be to ask your audience about your pace?
- Please have your say in the comment box below.
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