Why Interactive Audience Response is Effective

“Alertness – No speaker, teacher or supervisor likes to give a speech while looking out at an audience that is half asleep. By using a presentation that works in conjunction with an interactive audience response system it is easy to keep the crowd alert and focused. Recent polls have shown that both speakers and listeners agree that listening to or giving an interactive speech is much more engaging.

“Instant Results- Interactive audience response systems allow the speaker to instantly poll the audience or group. The results of the poll can instantly be shown on the projection screen or computer. This will allow the speaker to adapt the lesson or speech to the results that are received. I a school setting this will help in understanding which information is completely understood and what needs to be gone over again. For an employer an interactive audience response system can help to insure every employee understands company policies and rules.

“Anonymous or Individual Results- When conducting an interactive audience response poll it is possible to make all the results anonymous or track them by each individual. This can be very helpful. For example, when conducting a poll or vote the results are usually best left anonymous. However, for school or classroom polling they results may need to be detailed by individual.

“Easier Result Interpretation – Rather than taking votes or polls by a show of hands or using cards, an audience response system is much more efficient. Interpreting results by trying to count hands or scraps of paper a presenter can quickly gather accurate data I a matter of minutes. These results are often more accurate and easier to gather than traditional methods. These systems will also allow you to store the data received for analysis after the class or speech is through.

“Anonymity Allows for honesty – When conducting a poll by raising hands or writing votes down many people are inclined to go with the popular vote or consensus of the group. However, when using an interactive audience response system each participant can feel free to express their own opinions without fear of condemnation by the group or presenter. This will often provide more accurate and honest results for a poll.

While there are many reasons to use an interactive audience response system there are just as many ways that they can be used. Whether a company wants to better understand how to market or sell a product or a teacher wants to make sure all information is covered before a test this system can be very effective. Due to the large number of advances in modern technology this system is often more economical and easier than traditional methods as well.

The Benefits of Master Data Management

The first step of Master Data Management is identifying the most critical and important data for your company. Doing this step alone can help shine light within the organization on what is important. MDM can help prevent critical errors because, once controls and business rules are implemented on your critical data, you are less likely to make the mistakes of the past and you help yourself from preventing mistakes in the future. The company is now focused on its critical data, on keeping it clean and accurate, and this mentality is spread across the organization.

The task of identifying the most critical information should not be determined by just one person or one group. This task should be done with the help of people across the organization so that everyone takes ‘ownership’ of the idea that the end result had to do with research and work they put forth. It is important, with MDM, to play the political game so that you have support from others in the organization.

Next, Master Data Management can also help prevent fraud. With the passing of Sarbanes-Oxley which holds executives of public companies accountable for their financial statement, these executives have now placed pressure on the organization to get things right. For many companies, Master Data Management is one of the pieces for ensuring accuracy and preventing fraudulent reporting. Master Data Management creates the rules that would make it difficult to have false or inaccurate data. With the prospect of an executive going to jail should they have falsified financial reports, it is critical that these statements are correct.

Finally, MDM can be used to make your organization smarter and more flexible. By having accurate data for your most important information, you can be sure that your models, projections, and predictions are as accurate as they could be. If you feed bad data into your forecasting models, the results that are output are nothing that could be relied on. By starting with valid data you are much more likely to produce results that your organization can depend on.

There are many benefits to implementing data governance. MDM can help keep your CEO and CFO out of jail, it can help prevent critical and embarrassing mistakes, and it can help your company succeed and thrive well into the future.