Making it interactive

Making it interactive

Collaborating with strangers can be awkward 😬 You know it, I know it, we all know it.

Whether it’s solving a problem or brainstorming ideas, teamwork between people who just met 10 minutes ago is just kinda… meh.

You should solve that by getting participants to interact with each other early on and throughout the workshop. Read this guide and you’ll never run another ice cold workshop.

🎥 Video explainer: Butter interactions

Here’s a quick video tour of how to create interactivity in your Butter sessions.

Reactions: Express yourself with an emoji 🎉

Emoji reactions help keep participants engaged and act as great motivation for the speaker!

Reactions give presenters instant feedback and encouragement when you let them know you 😍 what they’re saying or you’re 🤷‍♂️ about the presentation.

To share a reaction, select the ‘React’ button from the left sidebar and choose any of the 10 reactions.

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When the same reaction is used three times in short succession, a MEGA emoji reaction will appear!

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Reaction keyboard shortcut To react faster, press ‘R’ + (the reaction number from 0-9) for quick keyboard shortcuts!

Soundboard: Use sound effects 🔊

The Soundboard gives you the power to play sound effects during your sessions.

Amp up the energy with a round of applause for a presenter. Follow up a joke with a rimshot. Or break an awkward silence with the sound of crickets.

To access the soundboard, click ‘React’ and then the ‘Soundboard’ tab. Then, just choose the sound and it’ll play instantly.

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Enable soundboard access for everyone

By default, only facilitators have access to the soundboard.

To enable access for everyone, check the ‘Enable for all’ option in the soundboard menu. If things get too chaotic, you can turn them back off. 😉

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Soundboard keyboard shortcut To access sound effects faster, press ‘S’ + (the reaction number from 0-9) for quick keyboard shortcuts!

Queue: Moderate with the raise-hand queue 🙋‍♀️

Things can get messy when people talk on top of each other. Or people may stay silent because they don’t know how to ask a question.

Moderating is a breeze with the raise-hand Queue.

When you're ready to start the discussion going, just ask participants to raise their hand with the ‘Queue’ button on the left bar to share an idea, comment or question.

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Once they do, you need to select the person in the Queue to give them the word — and voila, it's moderation made easy!

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Pro tip: A quick trick to get participants familiar with how the Queue works is to ask an icebreaker question in the beginning of your workshop. You're at a karaoke party and it's your turn to sing, what song do you pick? 🎤 This way, not only does everyone get a chance to use their voice, but they also get more comfortable with using the Hand-up feature.

Giving participants the word 🎤

The participant often views things differently from you as a facilitator. When you give someone the word, the yellow box below appears and the speaker is automatically unmuted.

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Queue keyboard shortcut: Try the keyboard shortcuts to queue up faster! Press Q + 1 for a Comment Press Q + 2 for a Question Press Q + 3 for an Idea.

Chat: Say it in style 💬

Using Chat during workshops allows participants to share their thoughts or questions without interrupting the flow of whoever's speaking or presenting.

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Throw in some fun

In the chat, you can post:

  • images
  • emojis
  • GIFs from the Giphy library
  • files of any type (facilitators only)

Chat options

We’ve also added features to make it easy to stay on topic and organize the discussion:

  • react to messages with emojis 👍
  • reply to a message in a thread
  • edit your own messages (argh, typos!)
  • delete your own messages
  • pin messages in the chat (facilitators only)
Pro Tip: Want participants to share how they're feeling in a fun and engaging way? Ask them to share their mood with a GIF!

Pop out the chat

If you need more space to see people's faces, you can open it in a separate window by popping it out 🍾

This works wonders when you have an extra monitor!

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Chat keyboard shortcut Want to be the fastest in sharing witty replies? Press 'C' to open the Chat and 'Esc' to close it.

Chat channels

Sometimes, you need to privately message someone—and it’s a pain to open up another chat app on the side! That’s what chat channels are for.

To access the different channels, just select from the dropdown at the top of the chat window.

You can chat with:

  • Main Room: The default chat room
  • Facilitators Only: Privately message your co-facilitators
  • Participants (direct): DM individual participants
  • Breakouts: Message individual groups or broadcast to all breakouts
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For full details on the Chat, see:
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