“Before you present to an audience, work the room, engage early and get a feel for how people are showing up for your presentation.” This advice came from a presentation class I attended years ago. I remember actually practicing the exercise in front of the class as I was being recorded. The reality is there was tremendous value in the exercise, and watching yourself on video afterward always felt more awkward than the actual exercise.
The 10x Better Experiences with Webex blog series has shown us that with innovations in artificial intelligence and a relentless focus on user experience, virtual meetings can actually be 10x better than in person. As part of this strategy for Webex, audience interaction and engagement play a critical role in fulfilling this promise.
With the Slido acquisition, Webex has integrated the ability to connect in ways never seen before in virtual interactions. Whether you are in a weekly Webex team meeting, a town hall of a few thousand, or a largescale global physical, hybrid, or completely virtual event, the new Webex audience interaction capabilities will deliver higher levels of user engagement―before, during, and after your meeting or event.
My team and I have been using Slido for a while now, and it’s a game-changer. Here are 3 ideas to improve your next presentation and deliver compelling interactions with your audience.
Connecting with your audience early is a great way to understand how they show up and the mindset they are showing up with. Consider using a Webex word cloud to poll your audience and share how they feel. You instantly have your finger on the pulse of the audience and tailor your comments to their mindset!
Cisco Webex ensures that everyone is equally included in a meeting experience at home, at the office, or on the go. Sometimes, audience interaction is better typed than spoken based upon location (or try out Webex noise removal ). With interactive Q&A during your meeting, now everyone can participate equally. In addition, you can enable attendees to participate anonymously for those sensitive questions or topics.
With Webex, you have the capability to share the results of your audience interaction during and after the meeting. Providing the results to your audience ensures you value their input and they have been heard. In addition, as the presenter, you can collect post-meeting feedback on the effectiveness of your delivery and the value of the content.
Combining the all-new Cisco Webex and Slido’s audience interaction capabilities will make seamless collaboration and inclusivity a reality for meetings and events — whether in-person or virtual.
As a presenter, the audience will feel more connected to you, and your content will come alive. All that presentation training you did over the years on how to be a great physical presenter still holds true, but now you don’t have to be a mind reader and easily connect with your audience when using Cisco Webex and Slido.
If you are currently a Webex customer, get ready for the Slido integration coming this Summer as part of your existing Webex subscription, or try it today for free at Slido.
About the author
Brad is the Systems Engineering leader for Cisco’s Global Collaboration Sales organization. His team focuses on bringing Cisco collaboration technology to life for customers and partners. With 20 years of experience in Cisco’s systems engineering organization, Brad has worked across Enterprise, Service Provider, Web, Gaming and Cloud verticals. A CCIE at heart, he spends most of his time now on Cisco SaaS and application business workflows. As a people leader, Brad is passionate about building high performing, culture driven engineering teams that create and enable technology innovation, deliver on Cisco’s overall growth strategy and exemplify Cisco’s amazing culture. #WeAreCisco Follow Brad on his social channels: LinkedIn Twitter