Presentation attendance is important for keeping sharp and up to date on topics and techniques. With that in mind, I often attend seminars and presentations on a variety of topics, Clickshare Client Review in Johannesburg from business development and consultancy to investing and asset management. Most recently, I attended a seminar from David Lerner and Associates on “Building and Protecting your Assets.” While this is clearly a sales seminar, looking to create a buying impulse, it also provided great information and food for thought. Mostly, however, I want to discuss the techniques used in the seminar, as I found it to be very well done.
I will begin by saying that David Lerner is a very polished and entertaining speaker. His use of technology was well integrated with his manner of walking the room. Three video screens were used, Click And Share Barco One large central screen and two smaller screens to allow the viewers at the peripheries to see the information clearly as well. On top of this, a wireless sound system was used to project the speaker’s voice effectively. The facility was a moderate sized convention center/ballroom, with a crowd that I would estimate at 600 people.
Utilizing an array of speakers connected to a wireless receiver, and a handheld wireless microphone, every word was able to be heard clearly. Volume and clarity are both key factors for successful speakers. However, it was not so much the technical details which made this a good presentation, it was the presentation style. Mr. Lerner made several overtures to connect with the audience effectively. First, he was adept at using humor, which is often touted as a public speaking tool.
I personally liked his references to Mel Brooks’ movies, as I am a huge fan of his work. Bringing the audience back to those references at points throughout the presentation also created memory points for the audience. This is a fantastic technique for getting an audience to remember key points, Barco Wireless Display without seeming like a pushy teacher. Mr. Lerner also connected with the audience by sharing details and experiences from his personal life. Humanizing yourself as a speaker should not be discounted; an audience is far more likely to “buy in” to a speaker’s pitch if they see him as one of their own rather than an outsider. Sharing stories that the audience can relate to is crucial, but a speaker must know the audience well enough to make this work. Both the humor and personal connection set the audience at ease and allow for a greater capacity to listen and accept what is being shared without a highly guarded affect.
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What are Audience Response Systems?
Audience response systems are hardware and software combinations that allow a presenter, facilitator or instructor to add interactivity to presentations, focus groups, classroom lectures and other group meetings.
The hardware component typically comes in the form of a wireless hand-held keypad with 7 - 10 buttons that are distributed to each member of the audience. A receiver, or "base station," connects to the presenter's computer and collects data from the keypad entries. The audience response software also resides on the presenter's computer, and includes presentation capabilities as well as data collection and reporting functions.
How Do Audience Response Systems Work?
The facilitator advances through the presentation, which has been projected onto a large screen. Some audience response software packages work directly within PowerPoint, while others have their own presentation software integrated with the polling slides. The audience, which could range in number from 2 to 20,000, interacts with the presentation using the wireless keypads. Each presentation slide poses a question and offers several possible responses. When all participants have responded (or time runs out), the aggregate data is graphically displayed within the presentation for all to see.
Presenter can either track polling results to individual participants or allow all inputs to remain anonymous. Polling situations that involve voting or consensus-building typically favor anonymity. Classroom or training environments, however, often require the professor or instructor to capture responses in order to grade quizzes or take attendance electronically.
Because of its unique versatility, and its contribution to ROI, audience response is utilized across a broad spectrum of industries. AV production companies use audience response systems for large-scale meetings and conferences; corporate trainers use portable audience response systems for on-the-road employee training; universities and other educational institutions employ audience response technologies in both small classrooms and large lecture halls.
Audience Response Offers Many Unique Benefits Unattainable Through Traditional Presentation Techniques
These are just a few of the potential benefits:
- Improves attentiveness
- Increases retention of information
- Offers anonymous polling
- Provides tracking features to gather individual responses
- Tallies and displays data immediately
- Speeds up decision making
- Emphasizes participant ownership of group decisions
- Creates an interactive and fun learning environment
- Gathers data for reporting and analysis
- Confirms participant understanding of key points immediately
Public Speaking - Room Setup Makes a Big Difference
Vast changes in Internet accessibility have given birth to wireless connections most anywhere. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-fi) still requires access points to be established and for a hotel to compete, these wi-fi hotspots are a must. Business professionals today are tethered to their offices by handheld devices, laptop computers and computer tablets.
Business people that travel between events, client meetings and branch offices often require overnight accommodations. The hotel that they select must have an easy and reliable access to the internet and if that hotel fails to deliver on this one element, that business person may refuse to stay there again. Therefore, wireless high speed internet in hotels is mandatory for any business event an event coordinator may be planning. Many business presentations today leverage rich media that requires wider bandwidths. Streaming video from the internet and graphic heavy presentations are very common. Hotel owners are always after higher guest satisfaction ratings and must stay on this cutting edge to satisfy the growing demand for more bandwidth.. It is the owner's responsibility to choose the best hotel internet provider for their location. In some cases, the entire network within a hospitality property may need to be upgraded to take advantage of greater connection speeds and wider bandwidth. The fast reliable wireless connections for the hotel business center are just not enough if you plan on accommodating business events at your property.
Sometimes business seminars and educational events may last 2 - 3 days. Some of these participants will choose to stay at your property during this multi day event. For these folks it is imperative that the wireless internet for guest rooms rivals the hsia for hotel meeting rooms. Wi-fi for motels is just as important for that weary traveler who chooses this option. Often a larger host hotel is surrounded by some of these smaller properties. Staying connected to check important emails, complete online reports and interact with the company's Virtual Private Network helps these seminar attendees conduct business before retiring for the evening.
Hotel management should have the network support team provide local wifi installation in their motel. Wi-fi for a business center is also an advantage for the hotel owner. A networked printer can be set up in these secure business centers for guests and visitors but they will still need fast reliable wireless and business center hotspots to connect with these networked printers. Nonetheless, to have the best internet connection either wired or wireless, business owners should consider the speed of the connection and choose the ideal internet service company that compliments your guest's satisfaction for the other areas of your operation.
There should always be wi-fi hotspots for hotel meeting space if you are trying to attract a business clientele. Wi-fi for meeting rooms is measurable and therefore billable to the client if you choose. Most businesses understand that bandwidth has value and most meeting planners expect to see these charges.
By and large, wireless internet connection is a necessity for business, your business and your client's business.