Interaction and Participation: The Keys to Unlocking a 21st Century Audience

At one point or another, we’ve all been there. Whether we’ve played the role of the well-rehearsed and overly-prepared public speaker, or the underwhelmed and slightly disinterested audience member, we’ve all sat through a conference where the level of engagement suffers because of a lack of interaction. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of a world where everything, from DVD menu screens to train-station ticket booths, clamours for our interactive touch.

Thankfully, for the public speaker worried about audience engagement, there are a number of products available that utilise an audience response system; a unique technology that not only captures the attention of your audience, but also makes them feel valued and appreciated.

One of the best ways to achieve a higher level of productivity in your conferences is to provide your audience members with a portable microphone. This not only ensures that you can successfully hear the responses and contributions of your audience members, but also helps to promote a smoother and more professional event. The ‘IML Connector’ is a great example of a workable product that manages to give your audience a voice, as well as enabling them to contribute visually through a 2.4 OLED colour display and a full QWERTY keyboard.

A further way to stimulate the minds and fingers of your audience is to provide them with a fully interactive voting system. This not only makes for a more responsive conference experience, but also enables you to gain real-time data from the people whose opinion you value most. The ‘IML Communicator’ is an audience response system that allows for such interaction, and is a product that also benefits from an in-built conference microphone to help contribute to the professional flow of that important event.

In today’s globally-connected world, audience interaction is one of the most important factors of any successful conference. Your listeners need to take an active role in such events, and a colourful PowerPoint presentation does little to provide this. By listening and responding to the views, opinions and ideas of your audience, you can stage a successful and immersive conference experience that will unlock even the most passive of listeners.