Have you ever asked “if this, then that” questions in your forms?

This is an incredibly confusing way to ask questions. Not to mention a sure way to clutter your form with questions irrelevant to half your audience.

Yes, you need the information, but people have to remember everything they learned about inductive reasoning in high school geometry, and read unnecessary information, to navigate the form!

Not anymore, though. Forms now include conditional fields, which means you can make easy-to-follow, specialized forms to get all the details you need without making people revisit the trauma of high school math.

So now, if you are asking people if they have a background in children’s ministry, you can create conditional follow-up questions: one if they select yes, and one if they select no.

This is a pretty simple example, but you don’t have to be a fan of puzzles to become an expert with conditional form fields.

You just have to be willing to play with the different conditions to narrow down what information you need from the different groups of people responding to your form.

In the end, you might still feel like you’ve created an intricate “if this, then that” worksheet out of your form, but it won’t look like that to people filling it out. For them, it will be a clear and easy-to-navigate form, with no irrelevant or confusing questions between them and the Submit button.