Is the pace of a virtual panel discussion versus a face-to-face panel discussion different? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Terry Brock, technology trends expert, virtual panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.
Kristin: Terry, does the overall pace of a virtual panel need to be faster than a face-to-face panel?
Terry: It’s got to be hopping; I think that’s the technical term for it. And we’ve got to make sure that we’re there; be aware of it and be acutely aware of the differences in the nature that you’re really on TV. It’s much like it is there; you’ve got to be short. You’ve got to be concise and not go too long because if it’s boring, you’re going to lose the audience, and that is the worst sin being boring. You want to make sure that it’s there, that it’s lively, it’s good and hear from different points of view and also keep it civil. I think a lot of people now also are saying they don’t like all the shouting that’s going back and forth. I don’t think we gain a lot by shouting, but I think we do gain a lot by really pursuing and exploring different points of view.
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