Entries by Ben Ravilious

What Does Your Audience Think?

It’s funny how the word ‘lecture’ has become synonymous with imparting information in a reprimanding or condescending manner. What does this tell us about the way we’re presenting to our audiences? Think back to the best presentations, lectures or talks that you’ve ever seen. How did the presenter relate to the audience? Did they engage […]

PowerPoint ‘Kill Switch’ Shuts Down Poor Presentations

Audience polling system provider ParticiPoll.com has launched a new ‘Kill Switch’ which allows audience members to instantly suspend poor PowerPoint presentations by majority vote. (Strictly embargoed until after midnight, 31st March 2016) The Kill Switch will be rolled out in April as an additional feature to ParticiPoll’s existing audience voting system, popular with healthcare, life […]

Amazing trick to make your PowerPoint slides interactive

Bored of talking at your audience while they fiddle with their phones? or while they play video games with services from Elitist Gaming on their phones? or looking at jogging stroller reviews on their phones? What if you could make your PowerPoint presentation interactive in a matter of seconds and put all those smart phones […]

Great Free Sources of PowerPoint Templates

Audience polling is a great way to make your presentation more interactive and fun but what about it’s actual appearance? Here we’ve listed some free resources to help you make your presentation look great http://www.free-power-point-templates.com Over 1300 free royalty background designs, PowerPoint illustrations, graphics, and PPT templates. http://slidehunter.com Free themes compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, […]

ParticiPoll Now Accepting Subscription by Credit/Debit Card

We’re pleased to announce that you can now purchase your ParticiPoll Pro subscription using your credit or debit card. We have integrated the Stripe payment gateway as an option into our check out process. The existing PayPal option has been retained to you can continue to pay your regular subscriptions that way too. For corporate […]

ParticiPoll Moves to Amazon AWS Hosting

Last weekend we moved our entire hosting over to Amazon’s AWS hosting platform. This has allowed us to set up a more robust hosting arrangement where different components of the service (registration/accounts, polling/voting, database) each have their own dedicated servers It also allows us to scale the hosting provision in different localities as the our customer […]

ParticiPoll Update: New Features, Faster Response, Bugs Fixed!

We’re delighted to announce a new improved version of ParticiPoll, our free audience polling add-in for PowerPoint. Please be sure you’re using the latest version of the ParticiPoll add-in by following these simple instructions: https://www.participoll.com/faq/#toggle-id-3   WHAT’S NEW IN PARTICIPOLL VERSION 2? Faster Performance We’ve optimised the voting and polling code to reduce the time it […]

Are BYOD Audience Polling Software Systems Set To Kill Clickers?

We’ve put together a brief summary of the pros and cons of BYOD (bring your own device) polling systems like ParticiPoll.com vs hardware clicker or voting pad systems.   BYOD Software System Benefits Generally cheaper than hardware Installation and setup simpler with no need to hand-out voting pads Audience members less likely to lose their […]

Absolutely the Worst PowerPoint Presentation EVER?

Death by PowerPoint is a pretty well known condition but sometimes it can be more like Sleep-deprivation torture followed by a slow lingering death by PowerPoint. So we thought it would be fun to hear some of your experiences of truly terrible presentations. To whet your appetite, we thought the NSA’s infamous PRISM presentation took […]