The Upside of Anonymity

By Liz Holland on

When you’re at a gathering and have a question, it can feel like a big deal to get up, raise your hand, and speak up in front of a group. In person, no one can hide. You’ve really got to put yourself out there – and everyone will know it’s you.

Think about this for a second. How many times have you had an idea, thought, complement, or criticism that you didn’t share simply because of the nature of real-time interaction?

Software and the internet have changed all of that. Now, it’s easier than ever to provide or enjoy anonymity in a wide variety of situations. Thanks to our interactions via technology, new possibilities now exist that have changed the way we think about anonymity and identity.

As MeetingPulse, we understand that everyone is different. Some people have no qualms about getting up in front of a group and sharing their opinions or concerns. For others, it’s quite hard.

Thankfully, when you run a MeetingPulse event or meeting, you can allow your audience to submit questions anonymously if you so choose. Sure, some things are lost in this process – like the ability to follow up with the ‘asker’ later – but other things are gained. Overall we’ve seen great results from a variety of gatherings including constructive feedback sessions, strategic meetings, or all hands meetings – when it comes to allowing anonymous feedback and anonymous question submission.

When everyone’s eyes are on you in a meeting or at an event, it’s hard to ignore. With anonymous feedback apps, you’re free to stay as introverted as you like. You’ll be heard… and no one has to know it was you. If you simply want others to address your concerns without the cumbersome social repercussions that can come along with speaking up, anonymous feedback apps allow for just that. It breaks down the normal social constructs and encourages anyone, no matter now low down on the totem pole, to speak up. At MeetingPulse, we help you find your voice, even if it’s anonymous!

 

At MeetingPulse, we provide real-time survey and polling software that runs in any browser, so you’ll never need to download an app. Anyone can easily participate using their mobile device or computer via a short link. The MeetingPulse audience response system was developed with simplicity in mind and offers a wide array of customizable options to fit your interactive meeting needs. Please contact us for more information about our audience response system or click on ‘Keep Me Posted’ on our blog page to receive blog updates and our free ebook.

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