What’s the one thing all panel moderators need to remember when facilitating a panel discussion at a meeting, conference or convention? Kristin Arnold, Professional Panel Moderator asked this question of Mark Sanborn, Leadership Keynote Speaker, panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.
Kristin: So Mark, what’s the one thing would you like other panel moderators to remember?
Mark: My one thing is if you’re having fun as a moderator, you’re panelist are going to have fun and so is your audience. If you are not having fun, chances are neither will the audience or the panel. So definitely come prepared bring your best game, polish your skill set but remember you know life’s too short not to have fun.
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Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator, and high stakes meeting facilitator is on a crusade to make all panel discussions informative, interactive, and interesting. Specifically, she wants to help YOU become a better panel moderator. Why? Because 95% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and according to the 2014 Panel Report, it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all! Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk in and see the traditional draped head-table with microphones on short stands. There are sooooo many other ways to have a stimulating conversation! So let’s increase the probability of success for your next panel discussion with these resources.
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