Entries by Ben Ravilious

Ideas for Great Live Poll Questions

Here are some ideas for different types of poll questions that you can use in your presentation to entertain, educate, solicit feedback from and guide the audience.   Ice Breakers Ice breaker questions accomplish two things: they get your audience in the mood for interactive polling and get them all set up with their voting […]

Premium & Free PowerPoint Templates

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best sources of free and premium PowerPoint templates to save you having to search. If you know of any others that we should list then do contact us. Microsoft Office – Quality: ★★★★, Choice: ★, Cost: Free 19 relatively smart free templates directly from Microsoft. Presentation Magazine – Quality: ★★, […]

How To Create A PowerPoint Template

Creating your own PowerPoint template isn’t hard to do and can give your presentations more impact and consistency. Here’s our guide (based on Office 2016)… The Basics Saving a PowerPoint file as a template is really easy. Open the file you want to save as a template Click on the File menu Click on ‘Save As’ Select […]

Death By PowerPoint – Are You Guilty?

We don’t mean to be blunt but some of you just aren’t presenting well and it’s annoying! Death By PowerPoint is real so here’s a quick list of presentation crimes that you need to stop committing immediately:- You’re the presenter, not PowerPoint People don’t come to watch a slideshow – they want to hear and see […]

28 Great PowerPoint Presentation Tips

A comprehensive list of PowerPoint presentation tips and tricks. Microsoft PowerPoint has been around since 1987 and is by far the most popular presentation tool on the market but many people still struggle to give effective presentations. PowerPoint is often blamed but often this is really a case of a poor workman blaming his tools. Audience polling tools […]

Alternatives to TurningPoint for Audience Polling

Hardware-based audience polling solutions such as TurningPoint and iClicker have been around for years and remain in use primarily because of the inertia in larger organisations. Systems that use hardware voting pads or clickers have lots of disadvantages:- Disadvantages of Hardware Voting Systems Expensive to purchase Have to be organised in advance of the presentation Have […]

ParticiPoll Kunden-Fallstudie: Sectio chirurgica Live-Operationen Webinar

ParticiPolls anonyme Zuschauer-Umfragen sind besonders bei Nutzern in den Bereichen der Medizin und Life Sciences beliebt. Daher waren wir sehr erfreut, dass die beliebte deutsche live-Webinar Serie Sectio chirurgica sich dazu entschlossen hat, ParticiPoll bereits im zweiten Jahr in Folge wiederzuverwenden. Ben Ravilious, Mitbegründer von ParticiPoll, sprach mit dem Organisator der Sectio chirurgica, Andreas Kramer, […]

Customer Case Study: Sectio Chirurgica Live Surgery Webinar

ParticiPoll’s anonymous audience polling is particularly popular with medical and life science practitioners so we were delighted when the popular German live surgery webinar series Sectio Chirurgica chose to use ParticiPoll for a second year running. ParticiPoll co-founder Ben Ravilious spoke to Sectio Chirurgica organiser Andreas Kramer, medical technologist at the Department of Anatomy, Eberhard-Karls […]

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 […]