Moving beyond the loud voices with live polling

If you’ve ever been in a town hall style meeting you’ll know they can cause angst amongst people. That’s because they provide an easy environment for angry responses and group think.

So how then do you get people in a room together, allow them to have their say or get something off their chest, hold a civilised conversation and gain useful feedback and data? 

Articulous has used live polling successfully to get the tough questions out of the way, give people an opportunity to have a say, and enable them to voice their concerns up front and anonymously.

Live polling can be used to create a sense of inclusion. Where you can move beyond the loud voices and give smaller voices a say. 

But it goes beyond this. The facilitator can present thought provoking questions to an audience who can respond to the questions and see group results in real time.

This sets the scene for discussion on the topics at hand, often in small working groups or tables.

And who doesn’t love digital interaction? We’ve had people aged in their teens to over 90 participate.

Live polling is versatile and efficient. There are many types of questions you can ask including multiple choice, open ended and ranking. And you can collect real data quickly and easily to report on the outcomes of your forum or workshop.

So if you’re thinking about live polling, note that it:

  • Instantly provides an understanding of the level of agreement and disagreement within a group and gives participants an appreciation of all view points
  • Ensures everyone is ‘heard’, not just those willing to voice their opinions and ideas
  • Collates data into graphs and word clouds in real time so that viewers can easily make sense of the data
  • Ensures anonymity, all responses are anonymous and allows participants to provide honest responses 
  • Brings a level of professionalism and sophistication to an event

If you would like to learn more about our facilitation services, including the design and delivery of live polling, please contact Kim Stone on

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