Last week, I moderated a panel discussion on "risk assessment" - a potentially boring topic - but it wasn't boring at all! Why? Because I involved the audience from the get-go and focused the conversation on what they knew and what they needed to know. How? So let me share with you the process I
Every day, Google sends me the links to any article posted on the Internet that contains the words “panel discussion,” “panel moderator” or “panel moderation.” I scan the article for any tidbits of wisdom and then “pin” the picture of the panel on Pinterest. I don’t pin just any picture. It must be a picture
When you have a large audience - let's say anything over a hundred people - it can be a challenge to get everyone involved during a panel discussion. Obviously, every person in the room can't ask a question - the numbers just don't work. And don't forget about that ONE person who hijacks the session with
The typical panel discussion consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience. Tees up the topic and explains why it is a timely and important topic to discuss in this format (whatever format that might be!). Introductions. The panelists are introduced to the audience - either the moderator introduces them or they
It's an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior? After all, most panels are designed to influence the attendees....to do something differently (or, as my colleague, Nick Morgan says, "the only reason to give a speech [or to have a panel discussion] is to change the world!). So
There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee! So don your referee shirt, and be ready to step in to "mediate" a lively discussion: Stay Focused. Be clear about what the topic is and how the conversation should be focused. Ultimately, the conversation should be had
Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you're thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion. Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right? Just project the twitter feed where you show ONLY the tweets with the designated meeting hashtag and then you just pull comments off the feed! Ummm....it's not so simple
Don't you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion? Drones on and on, talks about him or herself? Me too! Listen, we know you are smart. You don't have to prove it to us. Take just a couple of minutes to tee up the discussion and then let's
I'm a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session all the time. Au contraire! There ARE times, when I do NOT recommend engaging in a Q&A session during a panel discussion: Main Stage. You have already seen the
I’ve been talking to a gaggle (which is not quite a google) of meeting planners over the last several years about what makes a panel discussion successful. I’ve boiled it down to four basic criteria. You make sure you have these four items, then your panel discussion will be the hit of the conference. Miss
“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."