Create polls and questions for engaging virtual events
Hosting a virtual event is an exciting and dynamic way to adapt to the post-pandemic world where practically everything these days takes place in the digital realm. But it can also be beset with many problems, such as a slow or lagging internet connection which can make for awkward pauses and glitches or the fact that you don’t get the benefit of one-on-one networking as you would at an event in real life.
But luckily, we have some tools on hand to help your digital event run as fluidly and make as much of an impact as possible, all while looking beautiful and being easy to use.
Hosting the virtual event - the role of event organizer
Just as in reality, the success of a virtual event comes down to the host: not just how smoothly you manage to run it on the day/night, but also with how much preparation you do beforehand. It’s not an easy role, but with the right effort put in ahead of time, you can guarantee success.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, after all!
The first thing to consider in your role as host is how to make your event interactive. One of the major components of a successful digital event is the interaction between you, the host, and the other event participants, ensuring that they feel involved and engaged throughout.
Remembering this as you undertake your research will be beneficial. If your interactions run smoothly, your event will stand out from the crowd, leaving behind an event to remember. Think of how you want the event to look, too- we at Univid have a handful of ways you can jazz up your virtual event.
How do you make your event interactive?
A productive solution to making your event interactive is to aid participant interaction by adding questions, polls and quizzes to get everyone present involved. You can insert these polls, questions and quizzes each step of the way- from when you start to plan your virtual event, to scheduling and implementing it. In this way, even a pre-recorded webinar can be made interactive, with live chat moderators, pre-planned polls and content designed with engagement in focus.
Poll questions can be as random or as fun as you like, depending on the mood you want to set.
Identify the size and style of your event
So, you’ve got the interactive element of your event down. But there’s more you can do to make your virtual event the hot ticket of the year.
As the event planner and host, it’s up to you to accomplish the next part of the process: coming up with some creative suggestions and fun ideas of what kind of questions can captivate your audience. A bored audience = an unsuccessful event! You want everyone to be enraptured and engrossed, paying attention to everything.
But before you do this, it’s a sensible idea to cast your mind and define what kind of event you have in mind- this is all part of the preparation that we mentioned earlier.
Will it be a small and intimate affair, or a large gathering? Having an idea of the size is imperative so that you can tailor your questions and polls accordingly.
If you have an event on the smaller side, you can suggest that each person goes around to introduce themselves, and even use the poll generators to implement questions that act as fun and informal games like ‘ice breakers’.
You’ve probably been introduced to the concept of the icebreaker on your first day at a new job, or new class. You can utilize the effective psychological tool of the icebreaker to ‘break the ice’ with some questions that allows everyone to get to know one another better. This helps your event get off to a good start- banishing any awkwardness or nervousness, and helps everyone feel more relaxed. An icebreaker can be a part of everyone’s introductions. For instance, you can suggest that they say one interesting fact about themselves, or say one truth and one lie and have everyone in the event guess which is which.
Some of the good poll suggestions through our randomise generator include ones as varied and entertaining as “what is your most used emoji?” To “what would the title of your autobiography be?”. The most seemingly innocuous questions can spark deep conversations that encourage familiarity and an ease amongst your participants.
On the flip side, if you have hundreds or even thousands of participants at your event, it is advisable to focus on questions with short quantitative answers - ones that can easily engage the audience and then be clearly summarized in the broadcast, giving structure to your event while still offering some exciting variation.
An important thing to remember is to give feedback on the results of the questions and answers that come in, which will contribute to the interactive feeling and makes the event a high-spirited and fun one!
Identify what the tone and theme of your event is in order to create a poll that is relevant
If you are hosting an event or webinar in order to get to know what clients or customers feel about your product/idea/business, you can use a poll to act as a survey and garner feedback from them.If you are using it as a way to personalise your brand, you can use a poll to give your brand a more familiar touch.
Creative suggestions for polls and questions that will activate your digital audience
Coming up with good questions is a part of the creative process of figuring out how best to activate your virtual event audience.
The tool above is intended to, completely free of charge, help you with this process by offering a generator that randomly extracts examples from our library of stimulating questions that will get and keep your audience, big or small, engrossed.
What are you waiting for? Use our straightforward tools now to create awe-inspiring digital events that activate and energise your audience!