The benefits of using IQ polls for in-house training

Posted on 2016/10/16

When you think of in-house training, digital polling might not be the first idea that springs to mind. But you’d be wise not to overlook the potential benefits that polling can confer on your training sessions. Digital polls have a great number of useful (and fun!) applications that can enliven a staid presentation, engender new conversations and encourage trainees to share their opinions and ideas

Planning a training sessions

There are several points to consider when preparing to conduct in-house training with your staff. You should start by assessing your training needs, decide whether you want to use an external or internal training provider, choose a training method and put procedures in place to assess its effectiveness.

You should also consider which, if any, technical tools you want to use in your training sessions. Certain types of software, such as PowerPoint, have become almost synonymous with training presentations. However, if you’re the type of trainer who likes to step outside the box, then digital polling software could be exactly what you need. 

Polling for team bonding

Polls can help you to communicate vital information in a fun, informal way. Your trainees are much more likely to take information on-board if they’re enjoying themselves, and polling can also help to break the ice and get new team members interacting with one another. For example, you might create a blind poll using facts about your trainees, then ask everyone to vote on which fact they think belongs to which team member. Never underestimate the value of a good team bonding exercise.

Problem solving with polls

Polls are a great way to run problem-solving exercises. Kick off your session with an open discussion about the dilemma at hand, then have your trainees vote to push the best idea to the top of the polling pile. You may find that you get some unexpected results, particularly if you make your poll anonymous.

Integrating polls with your presentation

The great thing about using IQ Polls is that their technology is designed to integrate with PowerPoint. This is especially important in a training environment, when one of your top priorities should be to create a seamless, distraction free environment. Embedding your polls into the very heart of your training presentation will allow for interaction whilst helping you to stay on message.

Polling provides personality

Polls are a great way to liven up a serious training session and they’re guaranteed to inject a little personality into your presentation. There’s no better way to motivate your employees into undergoing in-house training than by promising them that they’ll have a little fun while they’re learning.

How to incorporate polls into your in-house training session

Using digital polls really couldn’t be easier – especially not when you have everything provided for you by IQ Polls. Simply create your poll, embed it into PowerPoint and you’re good to go! You can even share the results of your poll on social media, so customers and competitors can get a taste of how much fun it is to train at your company.