The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical. Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do. The audience (and panelists) need to know that they are in good hands. Be Confident. You’ve done your homework. You have a solid process in place. You know the panelists. You’ll do great!
I just inhaled Chip and Dan Heath's new book: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary Impact - primarily for the insights into our ability to create magical moments for our customers, our colleagues, friends and family (you can read my review here). Oddly enough, I found a word of wisdom for panel moderators
Perhaps you've been asked to serve as a panelist in an upcoming panel discussion...and you may be wondering, "What do I have to do to be prepared?" That's a GREAT question, as I have seen too many panelists do absolutely NO preparation. Okay, they might have read the descriptive email on the flight into the
One of the panel moderator's most important responsibilities is to keep the conversation flowing naturally. Like a good talk show host, here are 12 tips to keep the keep the conversation lively and informative: Get the Conversation Started. Once the introductions to the topic and the panelists are done, the actual discussion starts. This is the
At Connect Marketplace 2017, I was talking with Matt Dadey about an innovative panel format he experienced at the World Education Congress. They had three panels that occurred throughout the one-hour session - with NO pre-selected panelists! Matt explained, "None of it was pre-planned which is pretty much a planner's dream come true! Locking down
Greetings from a guest blogger! After a few years of taking the steering wheel to manage Kristin Arnold's social media and online reputation, it's time to introduce myself and to write a bit on the blog. What a better time than after the CONNECT Marketplace conference where I saw Kristin Arnold in action. My name
Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy. You must master the art of multi-tasking by: Deeply listening to the current discussion Thinking about the overall planned discussion Watching the time, noting how long the current discussion has gone on Balancing the participation of the panelists Watching the reactions of the audience to the discussion Deciding
It’s show time! It’s time to take all that planning for an amazing panel discussion and put it into action. Here is a quick checklist to follow right before the event starts: Arrive Early. You just never know what will happen on the way to the event, so get there in plenty of time. Say
Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation. It really has to be a perfect storm of conditions: The audience is familiar with the topic and has lots of questions they want to ask “the experts” aka the panelists. The audience is already familiar with the panelists - either they were introduced to
Everyone loves a good debate -especially if there is a strong sense of an even-handed process facilitated by a skilled moderator, there are opportunities for the audience to get involved in the conversation, AND that they get to vote as to who wins! So let’s take a page from the classic Oxford Union debate format
You took me from apprehension and a fair bit of anxiety, step by step, into feeling confident and actually looking forward to this event. All this in about an hour. Thank you!
I attended your session on Reinventing the Panel Discussion and came up afterwards saying your session was “worth the price of admission.” Many thanks for an excellent, thought-provoking session!
“Kristin Arnold is truly the best moderator I have had the pleasure to work with. She was instrumental in helping our sales and marketing team properly prepare for and successfully launch an industry accredited webinar which included a panel discussion. Our goal was to make the session educational and engaging while also subtly building brand awareness. Based on comments we received, we did just that! Kristin knows how to ask the right questions in order to stay on track, and how to lead a team to set and achieve their goals and objectives. She is genuine, fun and a pleasure to work with.”
Janine Chung Thompson
“I just ‘binge watched’ all seven videos of yours on moderating panel discussions. I cannot tell how grateful I am to have come across your site! Thank you for the excellent inside track on what to do and what not to do!”
“Kristin – I promised to email you about how my panel on performance anxiety went at the National Flute Association convention last week.
It was great! I continued to study your book and the notes I took from our conversation. Your ideas helped me a great deal in making this an exciting, informative panel. Throughout the rest of the convention, I received a large amount of positive feedback that the panel had been of great benefit to the members in the audience. That was my goal, and I was so happy that we had all achieved it together.
Thank you again for your generosity and kindness in guiding me regarding this experience.”
“I have been to so many bad panels, and been a culprit in putting on more than a few, that I have developed a real aversion to them, but now I have hope that they can be done well! We’re talking about requiring our moderators to go through the training you make available on your site, and at the very least we’re going to up our game in terms of trying to make sure the moderators are up to doing the job the way it should be done. They’re too important not to really spend time training them. We’ve been playing with different formats in recent years, but I am inspired to try some of the new ideas you gave us. So many takeaways from your your Web site, your book and your training!”
“Kristin Arnold is an expert public speaker and moderator who knows how to make meetings engaging, insightful and valuable. In this priceless booklet, she shares her expertise and wisdom to help others lead more effective panels. If you are running a conference, meeting or panel, you owe it to your audience to probe Kristin’s ideas.”
“Your guidebook, Powerful Panels, is a great reminder of some of the basics. I read it a few days before moderating the panel – and it’s amazing how much better the panel discussion was!”
“Panels. The very word causes most of us to groan as it brings up feelings of dislike and disdain. Kristin Arnold has taken the dry, boring, traditional panel format and infused it with excitement, engagement and anticipation all for the audience’s pleasure. Her book Powerful Panels provides a step by step approach to creating 21st Century panels and is a must read for all who plan meetings, events and education formats.”
"Panels can be deadly dull, but they don’t have to be.
Panel Improvement Evangelist Kristin Arnold tells you
how you can make them much, much better."