Benefits of the Backchannel

Olivia Mitchell (@OliviaMitchell) wrote a great post about presenting with the backchannel.

As a presenter, you should read the whole thing, but here are some of the highlights:

Benefits to the Audience

  • Helps the audience stay focused.
  • The audience gets more content.
  • The audience can participate.

Benefits for the Speaker

  • The typing means you’re provoking interest.
  • You’ll get immediate feedback.
  • Your colleagues can answer questions for you.

Laura goes on to give great advice on how to manage and monitor the backchannel. Really a great read for anyone presenting these days.

And of course, if you use Today’s Meet to help manage and monitor it, that’s good, too.