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Run live polls in Teams meetings – Here’s how!

Run live polls in Teams meetings – Here’s how!

Can I get a show of hands please ?

Do you find yourself always asking for questions or comments in an online meeting only to get… crickets….muted crickets…?

Ever been presenting or leading a discussion in a large online meeting and asked a question you were hoping to get some input on only to get….no feedback….that uncomfortable silence?…Ok then….moving on….

Add in all the emojis and chat features you like, many facilitators have found it really hard to find a remote meeting substitute for the good old fashioned “can I get a show of hands” instantaneous feedback and consensus tool they relied on in-person, pre-pandemic.

Online meetings have managed to keep teams engaged and kept meetings “virtually” face to face, but if raising their hand or giving an opinion in a big room has hard before for some, then the additional step of unmuting their mic and interjecting in a big online meeting is a hurdle that many will just not jump over to get their opinion out there.

That’s not the only reason you might not be getting feedback in your sessions….

As time has gone on and the novelty of the online meeting has well and truly worn off, but the number of them clogging up your calendar everyday has remained the same….could it be that people are “attending” – muted with camera off – virtually present but practically working on other things???  (Come on admit it…you’ve done it too…)

Webinar platforms offer some great tools for in-session polling and engagement building, but to date may online meeting tools have not made it so easy to run webinar-esqe sessions the same way. Usually you’ve had to use another app or tool to set up your questions ahead of time and then find ways to present the results to attendees after the session once you’ve had time to review and compile them.

Introducing polling in Microsoft Teams meetings!

One of the most useful enhancements to Microsoft Teams meetings has now rolled out to address this precise problem – the introduction of pre, during and post attendee polling into regular Teams meetings!

If you are a Microsoft Teams meeting organiser or presenter and you’re about to run a meeting that you want to get feedback and that “show of hands” out of, you can now use Microsoft Forms to create polls before, during and after your meeting!

It doesn’t matter if the attendees are using the desktop, web or mobile versions of Teams, their ability to respond will be the same – when a poll is launched attendees will get a pop up notification on the meetings screen and they will also see it in the meeting chat (mobile device attendees won’t see the pop up, but can access via the chat).

Organisers can line up all their polls ahead of time, and just launch them live during the meeting, or if you want to lean in on hot topics during the meeting, organisers can create and launch polls live during the meeting, or even afterwards.

Give it try in our next Teams meeting – large or small – and give your organisers a way to get a show of hands, and your team a way to stay engaged and have their say!

Recap on all the ins, outs and how-tos for polling attendees during a Teams meeting right here.

Or check out our step by step guide below!

Better yet, try it out and then have a chat with us about how Power Automate can take this great feature a step further by triggering flows that send the results on for immediate actioning or approval to other parts of your organisations.

Get in touch via 1300 629 786 or contact us here, and we’ll show you how that’s done.