So what happens AFTER the panel discussion? People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question. What about everyone else? What if they want to keep talking, but as in most cases, the room needs to be "turned" during the break? Take a cue from ASAE's Great Ideas Conference where they set up
When doing your research in preparation for your panel discussion, find "the dead space" in the topic. As you read up on the topic, do a little background check on the panelists, you'll start developing the list of potentially provocative questions. "Dead space" questions are those questions you could ask that get a "yes" or
PCMA recently highlighted an unusual debate-style panel format conducted at the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers' (IAPCO) Annual Meeting in Dubai in February. Since I am always on the lookout for new formats, I've summarized Michelle Russell's article here: The panel session was set up as a debate over the question of whether professional congress organizers (PCOs)
At some point in their professional development, most executives learn how to give a speech. They are able to share information with their investors, stakeholders, employees and customers in a compelling way. But I gotta tell you, more than 30 minutes of an executive telling us what they think we need to know is a bit
As a panel discussion expert, I am always on the lookout for new ideas, formats, and styles. So I've set up some Google Alerts to let me know when there is a blog post or video that includes "panel discussion," "panel moderator" or "panelist." And I read and watch them ALL. I know, you're thinking,
I've talked about the importance of picking "DEEP" panelists - Diverse, Experienced, Eloquent, and Prepared. But what happens if those panelists don't get along? I was talking to a meeting professional who confessed, "I pick panelists who hate each other!" That could be a problem for you and the panel moderator, and quite lively and
Picture this: A conference program proclaiming a "panel discussion of thought leaders." A room set with a lectern and four black wrought-iron bar stools. An audience expecting a panel discussion.... And what did we get? A panel discussion that was NOT a panel discussion. The "moderator" was more of an "emcee" who introduced each panelist.
It’s downright depressing. You walk out of a potentially fabulous panel discussion and wonder, “What happened?” As you scratch your head, you’ll be asking those around you, “What was that all about” or just mutter under your breath, “That was weird….” Ah yes. These phrases are the symptoms of a fundamentally flawed panel discussion. There
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
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."