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3 Ways To Use Polls In Meetings
September 20, 2016 by Janelle Raney

Have you ever needed an icebreaker or wanted to take the pulse of your meeting audience? Polling is a popular Zoom Webinar feature that has now made its way to Zoom Video Meetings!

Poll questions are a great way to get an audience engaged. Set aside a couple minutes for each poll in your meeting. These little breaks keep the content dynamic while giving everyone a chance to participate, and refocus.  Just remember the golden rule – make this about them, not you. You should be able to say “By answering this question, you will benefit in the following way…”

Before we get into suggested uses, head over to this support article to learn how to turn on this amazing feature: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/213756303-Polling-for-Meetings

3 Examples of Useful Poll Questions

1. Create an icebreaker and get the interaction started

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Ask a fun question about what’s for lunch, how’s the weather where they are, or what is their favorite sport. This may seem silly, but it’s a great way to break the ice and get people interacting. It also helps to get everyone to turn on their video.

2. Let your audience pick the content

If you’re giving a presentation, try letting your audience choose which content you’ll present. You’ll have to be ready to tweak your content to meet their needs – but your audience will be much more engaged. This can be a great idea for a quarterly update or all-hands meeting where you have a lot of information and a limited amount of time.

Or if you’re a sales person presenting to a group of influencers and decision makers, you can tailor your presentation to their needs and top concerns.  (Tip – build a “poll” slide into your presentation deck so you don’t forget to launch the poll.)

3. Get input on the meeting

Want to know what they thought about the meeting? Put up a quick poll with a scale that lets them rate the content and presentation. You’ll have instant feedback and know if you need to step up your game next time, or if you’re doing a great job. And your participants don’t need to worry as their responses are anonymous.

Tip: Create each type of question for your PMI: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362843-What-is-Personal-Meeting-ID-PMI-and-Personal-Vanity-URL-PVU-)  and they’ll be ready for any recurring meeting you have with your PMI.

Live Demo Meeting Poll