PowerPoint polls with polltogo

Posted by polltogo  |  November 26, 2014

A wise man once said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin is now the basis of a well-accepted educational methodology, referred to as “experiential learning.” But you don’t need to be a teacher to be interested in this concept; anyone who will ever have to make a presentation, give a talk, or deliver lecture should keep this in mind.

We’ve undoubtedly all had the experience at some point of being an audience member and, by one reason or another, completely disengaging from the speaker. While we can’t help you give better presentations (that being said, always be clear on the message that you want to deliver, select only the essential information to prevent information overload, and practice your delivery), a simple way to involve your audience with the subject of your talk is with a poll. Everyone loves to give their opinion, and a live audience vote invariably energizes the whole room. For those few moments, both during, and after when you discuss the poll results, you will have the full attention of all in attendance.

example presentation poll slideHow to achieve this? Our users already know — by creating a polltogo mobile-accessible poll. Each created poll is assigned a unique short web link and QR code than can be inserted in a presentation slide. To make things even simpler for our users, today we added the option to automatically generate a pre-filled PowerPoint slide after creating a poll. The slide looks like the one shown here and contains all the necessary information, including a live hyperlink that can be used to display the live poll results from the web.

polltogo poll sharing optionsMore specifically, sign-in on polltogo.com (creating a PowerPoint slide is not possible from our mobile app), then, after having created a poll, go to the sharing section of the page, where you’ll find the new PowerPoint option. Clicking the main link creates a PowerPoint slide with a standard 4×3 aspect ratio, but if you want a wider version choose the 16×9 link. After downloading the PPT file, feel free to modify/adjust the slide as you see fit! (We’d love to see some of your designs!) You can either build a presentation around this poll slide, or insert it into an existing slide deck.

The next time that you’re planning to give a talk or have to make a presentation, think “outside the slide” and try creating a polltogo to engage your audience.

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