It’s a familiar sight in presidential debates: Through a simple turn of the Nielsen dial, a panel of citizens share their impressions of the candidates’ remarks in real time. Have you ever wished you could have the same type of instant response capabilities for your own meetings? Well, enter Microsoft’s Bing Pulse, a real-time consumer engagement tool launched in November 2014 that can capture the sentiment of groups at meetings, conferences and trade shows. 

Using tablets, smartphones or laptops, your attendees can download a free app, log in and begin providing instant feedback—or pulses—to your speakers. You can even create yes/no and multiple choice questions on the spot and send them out to the crowd. The technology allows users to respond to the presentation every five seconds, and a graph will reveal how their own reactions compare to those of other audience members.

Josh Gottheimer, general manager for advertising and strategy at Microsoft, says that 80 percent of people use some sort of second screen experience while they are performing activities such as watching television. Bing Pulse helps planners and speakers engage their audience in the presentation and then use that feedback to assess the effectiveness of how the intended message was delivered.

Kingman Winery, a Denver winemaker producing 17 wines from grapes grown near Palisade, has introduced Big Hat Wines packaged in 3-liter boxes. The same wine sold in bottles by Kingman Winery is now offered in nonglass packaging. With advance notice, Kingman Winery can package different volumes up to 21-liter boxes and can prepare custom blends for volume customers wanting a unique Colorado house wine.

 

When meeting in Chaffee County, located in south central Colorado, groups should take time to explore along the beautiful Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway. Here are nine stellar adventures in the Buena Vista and Salida areas. colorfulcolorado.com

1. Raft the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument.

2. Hike one or more of the fifteen 14,000-foot peaks or along three national trails, including the Colorado, Continental Divide and American Discovery. 

 

After serving as director of business development for Iconic Adventures, Eli Campbell has launched Sentio Cycling in Steamboat Springs (and also does events nationally). The company develops, produces and supports cycling tours for charity fundraisers and corporate events, working with all types of groups, from the most passionate of cyclists to those who have barely been on bikes since their childhood days. Sentio takes a cycling-specific approach to producing events that promote team-building organically through shared exper