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Encouraging innovation in meetings

Posted on 2017/08/29

 

Innovation is the lifeblood of any business – it is the intangible value that acts as a differentiator – the intrinsic value contributed by employees. Organisations recognise this and over the years there have been many attempts to encourage innovation, such as table tennis in break out areas, and brightly coloured meeting rooms. However renovations needn’t be done to the office to encourage innovation in meetings. These are our top tips:

Excellent Icebreakers

Posted on 2017/07/24

 

Icebreakers are a great way to get a conference or meeting off to a strong start. In fact, they are so effective that they have become commonplace and often expected by participants. When planned and executed well, icebreakers can be enjoyable for participants and also allow people to get to know each other. They can also be used as a tool for participants to understand the goals of the session. Done badly they can make individuals feel uncomfortable, and ‘close up’ rather than breaking the ice. Therefore it is important to consider the individuals attributes and what sort of icebreaking exercise would work best. Also bear in mind what sort of ice you are trying to break. For example are the people likeminded but just haven’t met yet, or perhaps the individuals have very different cultural backgrounds and engrained perceptions of one another. 

Top 5 Training Energisers

Posted on 2017/07/07

 

Whilst many now recognise that learning is most efficient when down in bitesize chunks, there are still a proliferation of training courses that extend over one or more days. It can be challenging for participants to maintain their concentration during this time, and one useful way of gathering or maintaining momentum is the use of a training energiser. These are our top 5 training energisers:

8 ways to engage disengaged students

Posted on 2017/06/19

 

This is a question that has plagued educators for as long as they have had the role to teach, and students to learn. Large class sizes and under-resourced schools has only served to exacerbate the problems of disengaged students. Teachers are having to work harder than ever to introduce methods into the classroom that improve learning outcomes.

IQ Polls for Work Meetings

Posted on 2017/05/16

A few years ago, many offices I went into had material on the walls and/or tables of the meeting rooms which gave some quick guidance about how to make meetings more effective. Some organisations took it a step further and restricted the length of meetings. Another business I know of enforced a rule that if there was no agenda the meeting should be aborted immediately. All of this came out of a realisation that in many organisations, employees were going to lots of meetings, and not using that time effectively. The meeting revolution over the past decade has eradicated some of the bad behaviours – being late, using devices rather than listening, talking over each other, and so on. We are now entering into a new revolution for meetings, as once again we are set to see more efficiency gains as interactive surveys are gaining popularity.

IQ Polls for Real Time Feedback at Exhibitions

Posted on 2017/04/10

We have written recently about a whole host of great IT exhibitions and conferences coming up in 2017 in the UK and the US. Of course they range in topic and size, but many attract thousands of IT industry superstars who are at the bleeding edge of the particular technology being exhibited – whether it be wearable technology, internet of things, cloud, and so on. These types of exhibition are not limited to IT – they of course are prevalent within many industries such as pharmaceuticals, fashion, travel, HR and more.  

IQ Polls for TV Shows

Posted on 2017/03/30

 

Within the past two decades telephone voting in TV shows has become very popular. Viewers enjoy the interactivity and this helps to boost TV ratings. The growth of smart devices such as mobile phones and tablets has allowed for a varied type of interaction, such as online polls, engagement through apps, and so on. IQ Polls can be used in real time during live TV to capture audience votes. This could be for a public view on a particular issue, or perhaps a vote in a show such as X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing. There are some key pointers to be mindful of when creating a TV poll which we would like to share with you.

The power of social media

Posted on 2017/03/15

Do you remember a time not so long ago when many commentators said that social media was no more than a fad that would be a distant memory within months. However the likes of Facebook and Twitter gained increasing popularity – primarily for personal purposes at first. However the power and instant availability of social media was the perfect platform for businesses who wanted to get their marketing out there quickly and cheaply. The viral nature of social media meant that ideas were passed between liked minded groups like wildfire! The possibilities seemed endless. So why are businesses mad for social media?

Top 5 IT Conferences 2017 – USA

Posted on 2017/03/07

 

Networking is important and so is keeping up to date with the latest technology advances. Conferences are an amazing opportunity to listen to some fantastic speakers, meet new contacts, and keep in touch with the bleeding edge of technology. The USA is the leading light when it comes to globally recognised conferences that attract people from across the globe. Here are the top 5 for 2017.

How to deliver engaging presentations

Posted on 2017/02/23

Unfortunately there are far too many occasions that I can remember where I attended a presentation that was painstakingly boring. In those occasions I did not learn much, and I struggled to stay focussed and not spend the whole time considering what I would have for my dinner that evening. I would guess that most of you have experienced the same and not appreciated having your time wasted either. And the reality is that most of us are busier than ever before in both our work and personal life, so when we do give up our precious time to attend a presentation, we want it to be valuable. That got me thinking about what makes a presentation engaging, and how those practices can become a list of tips that can be referred to for those planning a presentation. We care about engaging the audience because that promotes attention, interactivity, and learning. These are our top 10!

IQ Polls Top UK IT Events of 2017

Posted on 2017/02/09

 

Information technology is an area of rapid change, and even those at the forefront of the industry can find it hard to keep up. The good news is that there are a number of IT events where leading suppliers and other industry professionals come to discuss the latest and the greatest innovations. Here are IQ Polls top 8 not to miss events taking place in the UK in 2017.

IQ Polls - Applications in the Interview Process

Posted on 2016/12/27

IQ Polls is a fully integrating poll creation and analysis software tool, that allows you to collect and process data in a manner that makes it perfectly suited as a replacement for traditional psychometric testing methods during interviews.

The Power of Real Time Feedback

Posted on 2017/01/16

One of the things we know about learning and training is that individuals and groups consume and understand content at varying paces. Within the learning space there have been significant strides made, using technology, to serve individualised content through a personal device subject to the input of the user. For example, a standard chapter of content may be taught interactively, followed by a short test. Those who struggle with certain questions, or areas of content might be re-served content. I am sure by now you get the idea! This interactivity is transforming the way in which people learn and for the better. 

IQ Polls enters UK market with HQ at MediaCityUK

Posted on 2015/08/20

We are happy to announce that IQ Polls - an interactive polling service that engages audiences using mobile technologies is entering into the UK market with the establishment of an office in Manchester.

5 tips to engage your event's audience

Posted on 2015/05/25


Audience engagement can make or break a conference and it's critical to build the tempo and keep things moving like a master puppeteer if you want the next one to sell out before the seats are cold. So how do you guarantee engagement? Here are a few top tips to ensure that your conference is the talk of the town and the online world.