What is the difference between hybrid and virtual panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions? 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, what is a hybrid panel discussion?
Terry: Well I think there’s going to be a real good place for that where you might be, for instance, you might be in a live presentation, and you’ve got two people there on the stage with you. And there’s that one person who couldn’t join us who’s off there, and everyone in the audience knows about Old Charlie; he’s a great guy. They respect him, and he couldn’t make it. But we now bring him through the wonders of video. I think that’s good, and what you want to do is to kind of keep walking around the table. The “table” is Charlie and the other two or three people that will be there and maybe some audience members.
So when you’re doing that hybrid, you might bring in audience members as well, have them standing by the microphone so that they could ask old Charlie, for instance, some questions. You can create some wonderful dynamics that we couldn’t have had before. Now we’re in a whole new world, and sometimes we’re making this up as we go because now the technology of Google Plus Hangouts and other technologies like that really bring meetings and a wonderful flavor and life to meetings that we just didn’t have before and now it’s magnificent and I think really enriches the meeting, really enhances the educational content and makes a much more wow experience for those that are attending.
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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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