I am often asked, “When do I NEED to use microphones during my panel discussion?”
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
I’m a HUGE fan of Catchbox, a throwable microphone that I use (almost) all the time for audience Q&A during interviews and panel discussions.
Questions from the audience can enrich a panel discussion or derail it, so decide ahead of time when and how you will manage questions. You can:
I was facilitating a roundtable discussion at an un-named conference recently and watched an A/V perfect storm – a confluence of events that, individually would have been no big deal. Taken together, it was severely irritating.