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Improve Your Presentations with Honest Audience Participation
Audience response systems make events more valuable, productive and interesting while saving valuable time. Another equally important and less understood attribute is anonymity. Anonymity empowers the audience to:
- Express their true opinions no matter who is in the room.
- Generates a discovery process.
- Creates a non-threatening personal acceptance of ideas.
- Enables the audience to discover truths for themselves.
The ARS process enables presenters to discover the audience’s level of understanding before teaching or discussing issues. This eliminates guessing what they know, or need to know. By distributing voting clickers to each audience member, they can easily participate and give valuable feedback in real time. This allows presenters to change their presentation in on-the-fly. It’s a win win for the presenter, the organization and the audience.
“The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open.” ~ Sir Thomas Robert Dewar
Types of ARS Systems
There are two basic types of equipment: The manufacturers purpose made ARS devises and/or using the audiences own Smart phones, which might have the event host supplying iPads, etc.
- Smart phones and web enabled devices. This requires the attendees to use their own Smart phones, or those provided for them. Various methods include using Wi-Fi to collect the data and then send it over the internet to be aggregated and returned. This allows for participation of the event attendees and individuals, or groups at other locations, or back at the office. Its drawbacks are in relying on both Wi-Fi and the Internet.
- ARS devices specifically made for this purpose are supplied by us at the event. They work by setting up a simple radio network within the event space. One small receiver/transmitter plugs into a portable computer preset to the same frequency as the voting devices. They work on the frequency of (2.4 GHz) not used by other devices (phones, etc.) and send short bursts of data packets for successful transmissions.
The Types of ARS Services We Offer
- ARS Equipment
- Questionnaire development
- On-site technician.
- ARS Equipment
- A practice system in advance of the event
- One-on-one WebEx training.
How Does an ARS Work?
There are two basic types of audience response system equipment: Purpose made ARS devices and audience response system apps that require smart devices.
- Purpose made ARS devices – ARS devices specifically made for this purpose are supplied by us at the event. They work by setting up a simple radio network within the event space. One small receiver/transmitter plugs into a portable computer preset to the same frequency as the voting devices. They work on the frequency of (2.4 GHz) not used by other devices (phones, etc.) and send short bursts of data packets for successful transmissions.
- ARS apps that require smart devices – This requires the attendees to use their own smart phones & tablets, or those provided for them. Various methods include using Wi-Fi to collect the data and then send it over the internet to be aggregated and returned. This allows for participation of the event attendees and individuals, or groups at other locations, or back at the office. Its drawbacks are in relying on both Wi-Fi and the Internet.
Depending on which type of audience response system is used to do live audience polling, the results can very greatly. Dedicated ARS systems tend to give more accurate and thorough results. This is because ARS apps are often used on the meeting attendee’s own device. Because of this, they can easily be distracted by social media, email and other apps. In fact, in an article by Sue Hatch, she discovered that up a whopping 89% of participants using app-based ARS systems admitted to checking email during the presentation. Another 62% had been texting. When audiences use dedicated voting clickers, they are far more likely to stay focused.
Frequently Asked Questions about ARS
1. What does audience response mean?
Audience Response is the broad terminology use for the process of collecting and aggregating data from by an audience with various types of devices. The devices, also known as clickers, may be with purpose-built devices, or using the attendees own web enabled devices.
2. What is a response system?
A response system is a method of electronically collecting data from an assembled group. It uses computer based software with purpose-built devices (transmitters), or using the attendees own web enabled devices.
3. How do you use an audience response system?
Questions are asked and the audience, using response devices, respond. The responses are aggregated and then displayed instantly to the audience–usually on projection.
4. How can I make my presentation stand out?
Use the system to its full potential by empowering the audience to anonymously discover things about themselves and the group. Expose the difference between their subjective view and reality. Nothing is more interesting to an audience than making discoveries about themselves.
5. How do automated response systems work?
An response system uses one of several methods of electronically collecting data from an assembled group. It may be one with purpose-built devices, or using the attendees own web enabled devices. The results are instantly aggregated and displayed.
6. What are clickers?
Clickers is a generic name for Audience Response System, which are used to collect and aggregate data electronically for an audience. This is usually for meetings, Synods, elections, training or TV audience participation selecting winners.
7. What is ARS?
The term Audience Response System is abbreviated ARS. The term Clickers has also become generic for both the voting devices and the process.
Leverage the Power of 32 Years Experience
Interactive meetings are about more than just getting answers. The real strength is the anonymity that an audience response system provides. Use Quick Tally’s experience to craft questions that will give the insights you’re looking for.
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