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Use Slido during your webinar

If you have ever hosted a webinar, you know it’s not easy to create two-way communication with your remote participants. You feel either like you are speaking into a void or there is confusion when several people try to speak at once.

To tackle these challenges, many webinar presenters are now using Slido to give a voice to their attendees joining online.

If used well, Slido allows you to:

  • Get instant feedback with live polls and close the invisible gap
  • Crowdsource the participants’ questions and avoid the fuss during the Q&A session

Below, we share the essential tips for using Slido during your webinar.

 

Before the call

1. Download Switcher to switch between slides and polls

Most webinars use slide decks. Switcher allows you to switch seamlessly between your slides and Slido polls and Q&A.  Download and install Switcher before you hop on your call.

 

2. Log in to Switcher & select your event

Select from your existing events or create a new one for your webinar. Then minimize Switcher and let it run in the background.


 

3. Log in to your Slido account on a secondary device

Grab a smartphone (or a tablet or another computer) and use the same login credentials. You can use it as a remote control for activating live polls (and questions) during the call.


 

4. Open your presentation

Before your session, play your presentation full screen and test switching between polls and slides.
 

5. Start the call

Open the conferencing platform, start the call and begin screen sharing when the participants join the call.

 

During the call

6. Introduce Slido at the start of your call

Before you dive into your call, inform your remote audience that you are planning on using Slido. You can say something along these lines:

“During this call/webinar, we will use Slido for live polls and crowdsourcing your questions, which we will address during the Q&A. On your smartphones, please go to slido.com and enter the event code.”

To make sure that everyone has joined in successfully, run a simple warm-up poll and watch the counter.

⭐️Pro tip: Display the event code on the screen to make it easier for the call participants to join.
 

7. Activate the poll

The call is underway and now is the time to poll your audience. For your inspiration, we’ve put together 30+ polling questions that you can use.

On your secondary device, go to the Polls section and click the play button to activate a poll. 

 

The poll will cover your slides or appear full screen if you’re not using a slide deck, until you deactivate it.
 

8. Allow enough time for voting

Due to connection lags, it might take a few seconds for the participants to see the results on their screens in remote locations. So make sure that you spend a few extra seconds on the polling.

Once the votes are in, comment on the results, set them in the context of your presentation or use them to make a point.

⭐️Pro tip: Follow the counter to know how many people have already sent in their votes. If the number is too low, repeatedly encourage people to join in the voting.
 

9. Display the questions during the Q&A session

You’ve covered your content and it’s time for some Q&A. On your secondary device, go to the status bar to display questions on the wall. Once they are on the screen, you can manage questions directly from there.

 

10. Answer the questions

A great practice is to submit some of your own questions before or during the call to get the conversation going. It will encourage participants to send in their own.

To be transparent, you can say something like: “We’ve already submitted some of the questions that we deemed important. Feel free to upvote them and don’t hesitate to send in your own.”

Once you get to answering the questions, highlight the one that is being addressed at the moment. When you’ve provided the answer, archive it to make room for the next question. That’s it.