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May 22, 2018

Engage the Audience with the Agree/Disagree Game

Want to break up a rather mundane panel discussion?  Try polling the panelists!
May 14, 2018

Panel Discussion Format Case Study: Panelist Competition

Today’s guest blog is brought to you by  Jan-Jaap In der Maur. Jan-Jaap is a meeting-moderator and facilitator, owner and founder of Mastersinmoderation.com, and a keynote speaker on […]
May 9, 2018

Panelists: Use this Trick to Answer a Panel Discussion Question

Panelists, what do you do when you are the LAST person to answer the same question all the other panelists answered already?
May 2, 2018

Try the Improv Technique to Spice Up a Panel Discussion

In Tina Fey’s bestselling book, Bossypants, Fey shares, “the first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required […]
April 26, 2018

Not Your Traditional Audience Q&A

You’re conflicted.  As a panel moderator, you WANT to involve the audience. You know that it is important and you want to keep people interested, but […]
April 24, 2018

When Does a Panel Moderator Question Go Too Far?

This week, during a reunion panel of Scarface actors, the moderator, Jesse Kornbluth, asked a controversial question to Michelle Pfeiffer (who, BTW, I absolutely adore!).
  • Tessa Sutton
    "Your format and templates really helped me to structure the session with excellence."
    Tessa Sutton
  • "Kristin, you did a phenomenal and extremely professional job as moderator. Thank you! Highly recommend."
    Steve Shain
    Chief Operating Officer at LTC Contracting
  • "Most of us have sat through panel discussions where the panel was 'ho hum' instead of engaging and thought provoking. Kristin Arnold's method will put an end to those! Planners & panel moderators take note."
    Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC
    MEETing Needs, LLX
  • "Kristin is fierce on stage whether moderating panels or presenting."
    Brad Burchnell, ASQ, QCM, OE
    CABLCON,
  • "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!"
    Geoff Bannoff
    IT Consultant
  • "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!"
    Kate Fessler
    Director of Education, American Staffing Association
  • "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."

    Taya Paige
    Development Manager, The ITA Group
  • "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!"
    Janine Chung Thompson
  • "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."

    Helen Spielman
    Performance Anxiety Coach
  • "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!"

    Sue Pelletier
    Editor/Writer/Blogger - MeetingsNet
  • “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.”
    Wayne Cooper
    Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Group & Publisher of Chief Executive Magazine
  • "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!"
    Glenn Williamson
    Chairman, Canada Arizona Business Council
  • "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."
    Jeff Hurt
    Executive Vice President, Education & Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

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