The Importance of Using Back Channels During Presentations

Ellen Finkelstein teaches us the importance of using the back channel when presenting. But what is this back channel really? This is actually what your audience is saying behind your back, but unlike gossips, back channels are important and useful because it helps widen the reach of your presentations, you get real time feedback, and both presenter and other audience can learn from these things.

An example of a back channel is Twitter. Nowadays, people make comments about anything and everything on Twitter. Bys simply using a hashtag (#) followed by a keyword, Tweets can be easily researched, found and collated.

During your presentation for instance, members of the audience can comment as well as view other members’ comments about your presentation. This can also be used during live conferences so word about the conference can easily be spread and people who can’t attend live can just follow the hashtags and tweets about the conference.

If you don’t have twitter, there are tow more options you can use to help manage what people are saying behind your back when presenting:

If you want to learn more about these back channels, head to Ellen Finkelstein’s post: Harness the back channel during your presentations

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