What could go wrong during a panel discussion at a meeting, conference, or convention? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Dr. Chip Bell, professional speaker and panel moderator.
Kristin: Chip, have you ever moderated a panel discussion that just flat didn’t work out?
Chip: No, but I often wonder about what happens if I get, We’ve allocated an hour for this and what if we just, they picked the wrong people or whatever, the wrong moderator or whatever. And we’re halfway through the allotted time and it’s just dying. I mean it’s obvious that it’s not going to go anywhere and it’s not going you know. What do you do? I know what I’d do. I wouldn’t waste the audience’s time I’d say, “Well looks like we’ve learned all we can from this. Thank you very much, we appreciated it. We got a gift for you. Don’t ever come back.”
But you know I’ve not had that happen but I often think about what would I do if that did happen where it just flat bombed I mean it just, despite your best effort it just didn’t work so. You know I think it’s always good to be prepared for that to happen.
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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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