How to Run More Interactive Training Sessions with Live Polls (20+ Examples)

Dasa Kasparova

As a trainer, your ultimate goal is to help your participants develop skills and adopt new practices. But holding their attention and making the new information stick is not always easy.

Luckily, with the right interaction techniques, you can excel at both.

Here are five ways in which live polls can help you create an engaging atmosphere at your training session and ensure your content covers the participants’ needs.

Find out the expectations

It’s hard to have an effective training session if you don’t know what your participants want to hear about. Running a poll at the start will bring you closer to matching their expectations and ensure you make the most of the time at hand.

Examples:

  • What’s the one thing you’d like to take away from this workshop? (open text)
  • What are your main objectives for attending this seminar? (multiple-choice)
  • Which of these topics would you like to focus on today? (multiple-choice)
  • I came to learn about…
    a) How to access up-to-date information on the funding resources
    b) The funding opportunities that will be opened next year
    c) What support exists for the digitalization of SMEs
    d) Nothing in particular, my boss made me come

Gauge the level of knowledge

To find out your trainees’ level of experience in the area, you can run a simple rating or multiple-choice poll. This will help you determine if you need to start with the basics or with more advanced topics.

Examples:

  • How familiar are you with the topic?
    a) I’m an expert
    b) I have some solid background
    c) I have some basic knowledge
    d) I’m completely green
  • How comfortable do you feel with using this software?
    (1 = not at all comfortable, 5 = very comfortable)
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, to what extent do you understand behavioral economics? (1 = no idea, 10 = expert knowledge)

Extra tip: You can run the same poll at the end of the session to see how effective the workshop was.

Check for understanding

Whether you’re presenting new company policies or explaining a complicated topic, live polls can help you check participants’ understanding instantly and see if your session is hitting the mark.

The best option in this scenario is a multiple-choice poll. Our recently added correct answer feature allows you to display the right answer for your poll and create an engaging quiz-like experience.

Multiple-choice poll on Slido with a marked correct answer.

Examples:

  • What does GDPR stand for?
    a) Global Data Policy Regulation
    b) General Data Protection Regulation
    c) Global Digital Policy Risks
    d) Great Democratic Public Relations
  • The role of the European Commission is to:
    a) Propose new laws and programs in the interest of the EU
    b) Exercise the legislative function of the EU
    c) Represent the executive governments of the EU’s member states
  • Employee recruitment and retention is…
    a) A top 10 CEO issue
    b) Only HR’s concern
    c) Something CFOs don’t care about
    d) Synonymous with employee engagement
  • HTTPS is more secure than HTTP. (True/False)

Extra tip: Poll your attendees early to see if they have understood the content. It’ll give you a chance to elaborate on difficult parts while there’s still time.

Reflect on the learnings

Before you officially wrap up your training session, it’s a good practice to look back at what was discussed. But instead of summarizing the main points yourself, put your trainees in charge.

Asking your trainees to consolidate their learnings themselves will help them remember the new information better. What’s more, hearing what resonated with others will amplify their learning even more.

Examples:

  • What is your key takeaway from today’s session? (open-text)
  • How do you feel now that you have gone through training? (word cloud)
  • Which of the topics we’ve covered was most helpful to you? (multiple-choice)
  • What’s the one thing you will start doing as a result of this training? (open-text)
  • What’s the one burning message you want to tell your colleagues as soon as you leave this room? (open-text)

Make the next seminar better

As your session is coming to a close, ask the participants to give you feedback. Running the survey while everyone is still in the room tends to boost the response rate tremendously.

The results of a Slido rating poll displayed on a screen.

Examples:

  • How would you rate this session? (1 = poor, 5 = excellent)
  • Were your expectations met? (Options: Yes, Somewhat, No)
  • How likely are you to recommend this training? (1 = not likely, 10 = very likely)
  • How can we improve the next session? (open-text)
  • What topics should we cover next time? (open-text)

Extra tip: To run several polls at the same time, you can group them into a survey. Here’s how you can do it in Slido.

Wrap up

Live polls can help you deliver a successful training session from start to finish. Besides encouraging people to participate actively in your seminar, they will also help you tailor it to the group’s needs and host an engaging training your participants will enjoy.

Do you use Google Slides for your training sessions? With our new add-on, you’ll be able to display polls and Q&A right within your presentation.

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