The Great LinkedIn Personal Trainer Poll Poll

What do you think of Polls?

I’d like to know!

LinkedIn added a polling feature, and with the amazing wizardry of WordPress, I’ve also added polling capabilities to this site – and I’d like to hear what you think about them!

Over there in the bottom right corner…

You’ll find this site’s poll in that corner over to the right and down – the question: “Do you frequently participate in polls?”

Some polls might give you just a couple standard “yes” or “no” answers to this sort of question – but not here on The LinkedIn Personal Trainer – I know some of you have specific views on this sort of thing, so you can vote yes or no – and explain why you do or don’t answer polls.

If you’d like to vote with some other answer, go ahead and select the best answer in the poll and leave your real answer here as a comment.

Interesting statistics

This question has six selections each for yes and no.  (I didn’t want anyone to suggest that I was trying to influence the vote by having more of one answer than another….-)

Without having mentioned it on the blog, a half dozen people have already responded in six different areas, so each of them has a 17% favorable response.

But the really interesting one is the last in the list:

No – I don’t care what anyone else thinks. (-2%, 0 Votes)

Why yes, this answer has no votes and counts for -2% of the responses! (And yes, I’m really going to love writing about the responses as a followup to this effort;-)

Please take the poll!

Even if you never-ever-ever answer polls, please take this one – so that I can see how many people never answer polls!

(The software will prevent you from voting more than once on a single system, but if you really care, you’re welcome to try to stuff the ballots from multiple systems or by telling other people to come take this poll;-)

And hey – Happy September!

To your continued success,

Steven Tylock


  1. Steve,

    Interesting poll. However, the wording of “frequently take…” didn’t really apply to me so I had a difficult time choosing answer. I will take polls but only if they look short, if I have time, and the topic is of interest/relevance.

    Unfortunately I didn’t really see a choice reflecting a combination.


  2. Hi Steven,

    You know what is even more interesting? See how many of your unique visitors in a give time actually complete the poll since it will give you an indication on “location, location, location” of your other announcements on this page.

    Move the poll to the upper right hand corner in one week and sit back with a cup of coffee and I bet you the pollsters will double!

    In other words – move up your “Get the book” box and see what happens.

    Good luck

  3. Mike – I see your point, that’s a hard place to pick any of the other answers from… I hope you picked something anyway though!-)

    Martin – Oh man – Now I’ve got to do a test or something to see… I’m working on a “Is the book right for me” evaluation – that might make a good time to also try that change.

    Many thanks,

  4. I doubt the accuracy of this polling effort already. I voted, and do not see my ballot reflected in the up to the minute tally over there on the right. (Since I don’t see it, then that proves it’s not there. Right? – Contracartesian argument.)

  5. Steve,

    Since I like polls, in general; and, your’s seems pretty straight forward, I’ve just cast my vote.

    I recommend move up “We’d Like To Know” box, to just under your “Links” box. Why? No offense to anyone intended; but, some folks will not scroll down. Perhaps a split test – xx amount of time where it is and xx amount of time moved up.

    Thanks for this, Steve.

    Dance on…


  6. Rusty,

    You sly devil you – calling the poll results into question while it’s still in progress!

    If I let the statement stand, the number of people that check the Lies or Biased results might increase because the system appears to be flawed…

    If I reveal that your vote is in fact registered and counting to the item you’ve selected, the paranoid selection will get some votes…

    Ok – because PC savvy people will already know that in order to keep someone from voting twice, the system has to record your address – I can safely say that the same address that submitted the comment above has also registered a vote in the poll.

    So – back to what you were doing people – there’s nothing to look at on the side of the road – just keep moving – everything is all right;-)


  7. Jessan,

    It looks like you’re with Martin above – and may be onto something…

    If I compare the number of viewers of this page with the number of votes cast, the overwhelming winner is “Most people will not cast a vote!” (darned, I thought I covered that with one of those “no” entries…)

    While it may change things, I’ll look into changing the poll while in progress – gasp!

    Appreciate the read, the vote, and the comment!


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