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How do I conduct a poll during a Skype for Business meeting/webinar?


A Skype for Business Poll lets you run a one-question survey of your participants in an online meeting to collect information or feedback. Only meeting presenters can create and manage polls (if you are not already a presenter, the meeting organiser or another presenter can make you one).
Multiple polls can be conducted during a meeting, and you can enter the online meeting space to prepare a poll in advance of the meeting if needed.

To create a Poll

  1. Start with an active Skype for Business (Lync) video-call or meeting/webinar.

    (You can enter the online meeting to prepare polls in advance of the meeting, before other participants join, or during the meeting). 
  2. In the conversation window, click the Present icon and select More...

    Click the Present icon and select More.
  3. Select Poll.

    poll icon
  4. Type a Poll NameQuestion, and the answer Choices.

    create a poll window
  5. Click Create - the poll is shared on the presentation stage in the meeting. If your audience is present, and no-one else is presenting, all participants will immediately see the presentation. If someone is already presenting, you will get the option to share now or to save for sharing later.

    Click Create
  6. If you wish to prepare a poll for sharing later, click Stop Presenting.

    The poll will be saved in the Presentable Content under the Present icon, ready for you to share.
  7. To control the Poll, click Poll Actions.

    Poll Actions button
  8. Select:
    • Poll is Closed to close voting on the Poll.
    • Results are Shown to everyone to show your attendees the results of the Poll.
    • Save the Poll results to save the results for use after the meeting is closed.
  9. To return to your presentation, click Present Now on the presentation in your Presentable Content.
 NoteA meeting can contain many polls, but only one poll at a time can appear on the sharing stage, visible to all meeting participants.

To share a previously prepared poll with the meeting

  1. In the conversation window, click the Present icon and select Manage Presentable Content...

    Present icon

    Any content that has been previously prepared for sharing is shown.

    presentable content window
  2. Select Present Now to share the poll with the meeting.
  3. To remove the poll from display to the meeting audience, click Stop Presenting.
  4. To return to your presentation, click Present Now on the presentation in your Presentable Content.

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