We were first introduced to Meetingsift about a year ago at a conference as well as at subsequent workshops and panel-type events. What we liked about Meetingsift was the way it really promoted audience engagement. Only recently, however, did we have occasion to explore and utilize MeetingSift for our own purposes. Our recent positive experience and interest in sharing this incredible tool with all of you prompted us to make MeetingSift the subject of this blog post!
In a nutshell, this is how it works:
- You create an agenda with different activities/questions through the online portal
- Users utilize their smartphones to vote/submit their responses
- You use a projector to share the Results Screen (although this is not necessary, individuals can access the shared/results screen online via their computer or tablet)
- The meeting leader can share the results of multiple polls on one screen
- The meeting leader can then view and share a report of the results after the meeting
The following photos show some of the different activities you can do as well as the screen that your audience members will see as results come in.
Why we like MeetingSift:
- It's incredibly versatile - it can be used at very large events such as conferences but it is also highly effective for smaller meetings and workshops.
- Users and therefore responses are anonymous (unless you elect to invite individuals via email) which likely makes users feel more comfortable and perhaps more forthcoming with their responses.
- It promotes audience collaboration, participation and engagement by making it fun.
- It's visually stimulating - different colors, submissions in a brainstorm activity can come through as a cloud, this manner of information dissemination can be incredibly powerful, particularly for those that process things visually.
- The information obtained from the meetings is saved and can be used to conduct subsequent analysis and/or for other internal purposes.
As mentioned, we recently had occasion to use MeetingSift - we utilized it as part of training sessions that we conducted, particularly as a way to solicit responses to various scenarios that the audience was presented with. The feedback we received was very positive and attendees thoroughly enjoyed the interactive component as well as the way they were able to instantly see others responses. We are excited to continue using MeetingSift and explore further ways that it can benefit our organization and our clients and we encourage our readers to do the same!
For more information, we encourage you to visit their website: www.meetingsift.com.