What is the future of panel discussions at meetings, conferences and conventions? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Dr. Chip Bell, professional speaker and panel moderator.

 

Video Transcript

Kristin:  Chip, how do you see the panel format changing in the future?

Chip:  Well actually I think the coolest way—the most immediate way I think is we have virtual panels. And that’s not new where the panelist, the panels are all in different places in different counties. But what I’m looking forward to is when there are holograms.

I think that would be cool to lead a panel discussion with people who are— like Princess Leia they’re there but they’re not there. And so that could be intriguing. I’m looking forward to being able to do that or they’re there and I’m not.

I’m just a hologram. That could be fun, so I’m looking forward to that.

 

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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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