It’s a crucial moment. You enter the conference room and you see the crowd checking their phones. You know it’s critical to find a way to get the attendees involved and engaged.  These activities may be a bit awkward for your attendees, but trust us, they will love the interactivity!

  • Get to Know Your Neighbor

    • Make a simple poll where you ask the audience if this is their first time attending. You then ask: “Who do you know here?”
      • The person on my right
      • The person on my left
      • The people on both sides
      • None of the above
    • Show the results and ask the audience to greet the person next to them and to introduce themselves
  • Stress Balls

    • Order a good amount of “stress balls” (depending on the size of your event) in the shape of a computer mouse with your logo on the front. On the back of each, take a black sharpie and write the names of famous pairs of people. Good examples from television, films and politics include: Lucy Ricardo/Ricky Ricardo, Gilligan/Skipper, Bonnie/Clyde and Hilary Clinton/Bill Clinton. Everybody will receive a “mouse” upon entry and have to find their match in the room. Some men will get female names and vice versa. Then, attendees will interact by going: “Hi, I’m Lucy Ricardo – who are you?” in order to find their counterpart
  • Rock Paper Scissors

    • This is a classic game and has been suggested by a few event organizers when conducting our survey on an event organiser group on LinkedIn. As the speaker, you play Rock Paper Scissors against the crowd. The ones that lose the round have to sit down. After 3-4 rounds you should be able to announce a few winners.
  • Live Barometer

    • Start off with a statement where the attendees move to the left or right of the room, depending on their opinion. An example would be: “Move to the left if you think In-N-Out has the best burgers on the planet, move to the right if you think Five guys has the best burgers on the planet”. This is a great way to start a conversation. This exercise can also be done with a Hotspot poll via our Duuzra app solution where attendees can click on a tablet screen to indicate where their opinion lies.
  • Seat Swap

    • Have your attendees swap seats after each breakout session. This will help attendees converse with different people outside of their normal friend circles.
  • Physical Activities

    • Begin the session with a set of stretching exercises to get the blood pumping. Jumping jacks and jogging-in-place are good wake-up calls.

Melt some ice before starting your sessions and make your attendees feel more relaxed and energized. Event technology can be used for much more than just presenting. Use our gamification features and get your audience involved from the start!