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7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Slido at Your Event

This is a very exciting moment for both of us. You're about to use Slido at your event and we want to make sure it's as successful as possible. 

This article contains 7 essential tips that will help you get the most out of Slido at your event.

1. Learn how to manage Questions

2. Learn how to manage Polls

3. Choose the right sessions

4. Make sure you have all the equipment

5. Brief the moderator

6. Introduce Slido to your audience

7. Use Slido consistently during the event

1. Learn how to manage Questions

Slido allows you to crowdsource the best questions from your audience. Your delegates can easily send questions via their mobile devices without installing any apps. Just ask them to open their mobile browsers, go to www.slido.com and enter the event code.

Submitted questions can be easily moderated from your admin account at slido.com. 

To learn more about managing questions, watch our 1-min tutorial video.

2. Learn how to manage Polls

Live polling is a great way to engage your audience and vary the dynamics of your event. It allows you to do three things:

  • warm-up your delegates
  • collect valuable insights from your audience
  • get real-time feedback

Creating a new poll takes less than 30 seconds and you can activate it with a simple click from the admin interface. You can choose to display each poll with or without the results as the participants submit their votes.

Watch our short tutorial video to learn more about how to manage Slido polls.

3. Choose the right sessions

Slido works particularly well in large-group environments (50+). Some of the best use cases include:

Q&A sessions at the end of presentations 

Collect the questions during the speech so you have a stack of great questions ready when the Q&A time comes.

Panel discussions 

Involve your audience in the conversation right from the start and steer the discussion in the direction your participants want it to go.

Long sessions 

Your audience’s attention span is just 10 minutes. Polls let you re-engage your attendees repeatedly and keep them focused for the rest of the talk.

4. Make sure you have all the equipment

To use Slido at your event, you need certain technical equipment. We recommend having the following devices to successfully implement Slido.

  • Computer connected to the projector to display Present view
  • Secondary device or another computer to manage questions and polls
  • Secondary screen or a projector to display the Presentation view (optional)
  • Tablet for the event moderator to read the questions (recommended)
  • Important: stable internet connection on every device

If you’re a solo presenter or using only one computer at your event, make sure you check out our Switcher desktop app for Mac or PC. It allows you to seamlessly switch between the slides and Slido Present view.

Learn more about how to set it up here.

5. Brief your moderator

Your moderator is the key when it comes to using Slido at your event. He or she will need to introduce Slido at the start, encourage its use during the event and most importantly use questions sent via Slido consistently.

Therefore make sure you brief your moderator about Slido and get his or her buy-in prior to the event.

You might want to:

  • Send your moderator an email with a short video about Slido
  • Schedule a call to sync about your expectations and his role in using Slido
  • On the day of your event, discuss the final details

6. Introduce Slido to your audience 

Please remember, for some of your attendees this may be their first time using Slido. So it is always best to dedicate 2 or 3 minutes at the offset of your event to explain how to use it.

When introducing Slido, we recommend running a short warm-up poll to get your delegates into the app.

The following script works particularly well when introducing Slido:

We want to make sure we address your most important questions and concerns at today's event. Therefore we'll be using a simple tool called Slido that allows you to easily submit your questions and express your opinion by voting on live polls. 

  1. Please take out your smartphones and connect to the wifi
  2. Open the web browser
  3. Go to www.slido.com and enter the event code
  4. In the app, you can ask questions and vote for the best ones
  5. We have also prepared a few polls that we will be running later. So let's try one now.

Here you can find a great example of how to do it


7. Use Slido consistently throughout your event

Once your event is well underway, it’s important that your moderator uses the questions sent via Slido.

Should the moderator neglect or overlook questions sent via Slido, the audience members can lose their trust in the system and refrain from posting more questions in the future.

The moderator should always react to questions that are being asked. Even if there is no time to answer all of them, he or she should at least briefly comment about them.

For Example:

  • Thank you for your questions, I encourage you to vote for the questions you want to hear answered as we may not have time to answer all of them.
  • All the unanswered questions will be used during the panel at the end...
  • We are running a bit late, but don't worry. We will send all the unanswered questions to the speakers and provide you their replies after the conference.
  • Every delegate will receive summary of the poll results after the conference...
We hope you found the tips useful and wish you best of luck with your event! Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions about using Slido.