Congratulations! You have moderated an amazingly successful panel discussion. You met the panel objectives, delivered on the promise, made the panelists look like heroes and the audience received tremendous value.
But it’s not over…yet.
Here are ten things you can do to continue the conversation and build your credibility with the audience and meeting organizers:
- Seek Out Others. For the remainder of the conference, seek out those people who were highly engaged and connect with them sometime during the conference. You’ll build some great relationships!
- Question Cards. Collect the question cards and coordinate responses from the panelists. Feed the answers into the organization’s newsletter, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or other communications vehicle.
- Critique. Within 24 hours after the session, make a few notes about what you liked and what you might do differently for the next time you moderate a panel discussion.
- Debrief. Chat with the meeting chair/planner about the session. Review the evaluation forms from the audience. Ask if there was anything they would have liked you to do differently so you can do a better job next time.
- Thank You’s. Send a personal note, card or email to each panelist, the meeting chair/coordinator and anyone else who made your life easier. Thank them for doing such a great job – and add something specific about what they did or said that contributed to the panel’s success.
- Summary Report. Using your notes and Twitter feed, provide a written summary of the panel discussion to the meeting chair that includes:
- Short description of the panel
- Panelist names
- Estimated audience size
- Brief summary of the discussion
- Recommendations for future panels
Repurpose Your Summary. Take the tidbits of wisdom from your summary and:
- Post the highlights, key quotes and photos on the event website, social media, etc.
- Post the slides on Slideshare.net.
- Write a blog about your experience.
- Share the summary with key clients and potential customers.
- Recordings. The meeting chair/planner may post the professional audio file, video file and/or transcript on the web for others to read or, with their permission, post your own recording. Provide links and take excerpts from the transcript to use in follow-up communications to panelists and post-conference communications.
- Keep Learning. Review your own performance. Watch others. Attend other conferences and see how different people moderate. Learn what works for them and what doesn’t. Integrate your learning into each subsequent panel you moderate or participate in!
For more tips on what moderators can do to follow up after a panel discussion, listen to this podcast.
Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator and high stakes meeting facilitator, shares her best practices for interactive, interesting, and engaging panel presentations. For more resources like this, or to have Kristin moderate your next panel visit the Powerful Panels official website.