“The best teacher is very interactive.”
– Bill Gates
Audience participation increases and their ability to learn, understand and retain the message.
If you’re thinking of making your presentation interactive, then you’re on the right track. You can use various techniques and software tools to gently prod members of your audience to take part.
To start off; make it clear to the audience that you expect interaction. If you really want to push the boat out, you can even request that they interrupt you. As soon as the first person has taken you up on this offer, the rest will follow.
COMPLEMENT SLIDES WITH SOFTWARE
This technique is useful in product demos, webinars, and training sessions. Use software to create live questions, polls, or presenter type up the Q&A’s on a separate screen for the audience to reflect back on.
MAKE USE OF VIDEOS
If you’re wondering about this medium’s effectiveness, take a look at YouTube and other video-sharing sites. Relevant clips can tap into your audience’s emotions in a fast and effective manner.
BOOST YOUR SPEECH WITH PROPS
While props work great for product demos, use them in presentations that can benefit from real-life examples. Sometimes words and even images are not enough to visualize something. When you show a prop at the right point, the audience can actually understand your point better. If you have some members losing interest or switching off, this can be a great way to reestablish that engagement.
USE 3D LAYERING TECHNIQUES
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll recollect the post on using layering to communicate your message. The three dimensional layering technique will encourage audience participation. Have your main topic points built on multiple layers of the first slide and let your audience priortise the slides they want to visit. This is more effective when your presentation story follows a spatial, climatic string or 3-part structure.
GAMIFY THE PRESENTATION
Gamification has been used in online learning and corporate training to improve skills and boost performance. Many events from quiz shows to prize draws use the two basic concepts of gamification as their rationale – achieving goals and getting rewarded/finding recognition.
Why not use this method in your presentation? Create live polls or quizzes for your audience to answer. The best answer/s gets the member/s a chance to be on stage and get their ‘15 seconds of fame’.
This in-person technique provides you with more responses and better feedback than email survey requests sent to your audience after the session.
Have you done interactive presentations? Care to share some tips with us.