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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, Barco Presentation in South Africa 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.

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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, Barco Presenter 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.

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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.

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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, Clickshare Wireless Presentation System Price 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

Wireless Microphone Systems - How to Choose the Right One For Your Needs

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With the increasing use of cell phones and computer text messaging, an in-house paging system is still proven to be the fastest and most reliable way to alert and notify facility personnel. The main benefits of having on-site wireless paging systems are:

• Reliability - Poor RF signal reception is a common cell phone issue within many facilities, especially in heavy structured buildings and sub-level floors. Cell phone reception is as good as the closest cell tower, meaning dropped calls and poor reception can be a constant problem for any facility not near a cell tower. An onsite paging system uses a local radio transmitter designed to provide full RF coverage to an entire facility, which ensures reliable text messaging at any time.

• Speed -Text message transmission timing (the time it takes a message to reach its destination) is fully dependant on the service provider and the communication load, explaining why text messages can take several minutes to be delivered. With an on-site paging system, a message is delivered within 2-3 seconds at all times, regardless if it was sent to a single pager or a large group of pagers.

• Safety - Cell phones are a great connectivity tool, but they present a few unacceptable safety and privacy issues. All cell phone activities are tracked and documented by their service providers - information that can find its way into the wrong hands. Features such as built-in cameras, GPS and microphones present great risks for private meetings, information-sensitive work, secured areas, etc. Having an in-house paging system ensures that you are in control over all of your private information. Another safety issue is cell phone radiation, especially in indoor locations with poor reception. Low reception causes cell phones to use their maximum power to stay in touch with the local cell tower, creating more radiation and a larger threat to the user. An in-house paging system functions as a one-way communication link. Since the pagers are only receiving data, they produce no radiation.

• Control - Using an in-house paging system also means having complete control over your urgent messaging needs, instead of placing an outside company in charge. Rather than paying monthly cell phone charges or renting pagers from an outside provider, an in-house paging system carries no additional costs after the initial system purchase.

Today's modern paging systems offer much more than just text messaging. These systems can control products such as alphanumeric LED displays for public areas, wireless speakers for PA voice messaging and wireless strobe lights for special visual notifications. When used together, these products can improve safety and communication in any facility.

For more information regarding on-site paging solutions, visit http://www.visiplex.com/products/onsite_paging.html

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