Google, as a part of its constant effort to make its services better, is now offering a new feature for its users: Slides Q&A. The main goal is to make audiences send questions to presenters in a written way, directly into the slides, while they are listening to the presentation without interrupting. This will help avoid long pauses to make questions or having to wait until the end of the slides to actually make the questions verbally.
Also, a cool feature of the new Slides Q&A is the possibility to vote on which questions should be answered by the presenter. In this way, the presenter can filter the queries and answer the most wanted-by-the-audience. This feature will be specially helpful when, as a presenter, you are streaming your Slides over the internet, since it is possible for people all around the world to connect to the presentation and type in their questions.
The solution for the shy
Not always audience members feel comfortable when verbally asking a question, and sometimes really shy people rather stay in silence that having to access a microphone to verbalize their doubt. That problem will be solved since the audience will simply have to type in the question they want to make and it will be immediately processed in the presentation.
Also, being able to think exactly and write down the question will help presentations be more effective and concrete because users will have to manifest exactly what they need to know or understand better instead of making long (and sometimes unnecessary) introductions or preambles to the actual question.
What should we use it?
As any Google product, Slides Q&A will integrate with other Google apps, specially with Google Hangouts. This is the Google’s effort to compete with platforms and services of presentation-interaction like Periscope and Facebook, as well as presentations services like Microsoft PowerPoint and even Prezi.
With this solution, the focus on the presentation can now be in the presentation itself, and less in the microphone necessities and connection issues related to the moment of making questions.