Panel Discussion Tip #148 with Joe Calloway: Giving the Panelists a List of Questions

“Do you like to give the panelists a list of questions they will be asked before the panel discussion?” Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Joe Calloway, Business Keynote Speaker, panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Joe, do you give the panelists a list of the questions you will be asking beforehand?

Joe: I generally give them the questions and I also say, “We’re probably not going to get to all of these but we’ll do them in this order,” or I’ll say, “It could be more general than that. We’re going to talk about what you’ve accomplished in your division. We’re going to talk about what you think the challenges are for this company and this industry going forward.” Or it could be an actual list of five or six questions and I’ll say, “Here they are.” And I will tell them, I’ll say, “You know, you might say something that will prompt me to ask a follow-up question or dig a little deeper but it won’t be anything that’ll throw you. I mean it’s your stuff, it’s what you do.”

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