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August 19, 2019

10 Commandments of Panel Discussion Microphone Runners

I was recently moderating a panel discussion with several hundred people in attendance and we decided to use microphone runners to solicit questions from the audience […]
August 14, 2019

Joe Rogan to Moderate a Presidential Debate? Are You Kidding Me?

Trending now: Joe Rogan fans have created a petition asking that the UFC commentator be considered to moderate a 2020 presidential debate. The Change.org petition currently has over 137k signers. Boo hoo. […]
August 12, 2019

7 Ways You Can Get Your Message Out During a Panel Discussion

As a panelist who wants to be successful at an upcoming panel discussion, you’ll put the work in, doing the work needed to look brilliant and […]
August 6, 2019

Try the Entertaining “Hat Debate Format” for a Panel Discussion

When your panelists have differing viewpoints, try this “hat debate format” inspired by Jordan Weissmann at The Slate:
August 1, 2019

Round 2 – Democratic Presidential Debates – The Case of Herding Cats

With 24 candidates vying for a spot in the next debate cycle, this round of debates was much like herding cats with the intention to differentiate the […]
July 26, 2019

Debate Moderator Survivor 2020 – Democratic Presidential Debate Edition!

It’s tribal council time for Survivor 2020 – Democratic Presidential Candidate Edition!  The DNC wants to winnow the slate of candidates – so don’t be surprised […]
  • I was recently asked to moderate a panel discussion and was looking for resources and found your series on "How to Moderate a Panel Discussion". Fantastic program!! Thank you for making it available.
    Brian Card
    Vice President, StaffGarden
  • I love your book on Powerful Panel discussions! Just bought it.  It's highly useful!  Thank you for writing it!
    Martina Fuchs
    Anchor at CNN Money Switzerland
  • For a deep dive on producing great panels - everything from curating panelists to choosing AV to extending the experience after your event - check out Kristin Arnold's book, Powerful Panels.
    Andrea Driessen
    Author, Even Planning for Kick-Ass Gatherings That Inspire People
  • Thank you ever so much, Kristin. The panel that I chaired went extremely well and I thought that your e-book was terrific in preparing me. Many thanks again for your responsiveness as it really helped me in the final countdown to the event.
    Olwyn Merritt
    Founder, Pure Potential
  • "Well done, Kristin.  You nailed it [our speaker/moderator training]!!  Thank you."
    Diane Leach
    Director of Education & Programs Vermont Captive Insurance Association
  • I took your course, lived by your instructions and took my 3 panelist’s on the journey. Result was solid. The MC noted that the conversation really flowed naturally and it felt like the panelists really understood the citation of content we were getting through. You gave me confidence and direction to turn something I was looking at with considerable fear into something I really enjoyed.
    Stuart Wilkinson
    Head of Industry Relations EMEA at comScore, Inc.
  • Tessa Sutton
    "Your format and templates really helped me to structure the session with excellence."
    Tessa Sutton
  • "Kristin, you did a phenomenal and extremely professional job as moderator. Thank you! Highly recommend."
    Steve Shain
    Chief Operating Officer at LTC Contracting
  • "Most of us have sat through panel discussions where the panel was 'ho hum' instead of engaging and thought provoking. Kristin Arnold's method will put an end to those! Planners & panel moderators take note."
    Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC
    MEETing Needs, LLX
  • "Kristin is fierce on stage whether moderating panels or presenting."
    Brad Burchnell, ASQ, QCM, OE
    CABLCON,
  • "You took me from apprehension and a fair bit of anxiety, step by step, into feeling confident and actually looking forward to this event.   All this in about an hour.   Thank you!"
    Geoff Bannoff
    IT Consultant
  • "I attended your session on Reinventing the Panel Discussion and came up afterwards saying your session was "worth the price of admission." Many thanks for an excellent, thought-provoking session!"
    Kate Fessler
    Director of Education, American Staffing Association
  • "Kristin Arnold is truly the best moderator I have had the pleasure to work with. She was instrumental in helping our sales and marketing team properly prepare for and successfully launch an industry accredited webinar which included a panel discussion. Our goal was to make the session educational and engaging while also subtly building brand awareness. Based on comments we received, we did just that! Kristin knows how to ask the right questions in order to stay on track, and how to lead a team to set and achieve their goals and objectives. She is genuine, fun and a pleasure to work with."

    Taya Paige
    Development Manager, The ITA Group
  • "I just 'binge watched' all seven videos of yours on moderating panel discussions. I cannot tell how grateful I am to have come across your site!  Thank you for the excellent inside track on what to do and what not to do!"
    Janine Chung Thompson
  • "Kristin - I promised to email you about how my panel on performance anxiety went at the National Flute Association convention last week.

    It was great! I continued to study your book and the notes I took from our conversation. Your ideas helped me a great deal in making this an exciting, informative panel.  Throughout the rest of the convention, I received a large amount of positive feedback that the panel had been of great benefit to the members in the audience. That was my goal, and I was so happy that we had all achieved it together.

    Thank you again for your generosity and kindness in guiding me regarding this experience."

    Helen Spielman
    Performance Anxiety Coach
  • "I have been to so many bad panels, and been a culprit in putting on more than a few, that I have developed a real aversion to them, but now I have hope that they can be done well! We're talking about requiring our moderators to go through the training you make available on your site, and at the very least we're going to up our game in terms of trying to make sure the moderators are up to doing the job the way it should be done. They're too important not to really spend time training them. We've been playing with different formats in recent years, but I am inspired to try some of the new ideas you gave us. So many takeaways from your your Web site, your book and your training!"

    Sue Pelletier
    Editor/Writer/Blogger - MeetingsNet
  • “Kristin Arnold is an expert public speaker and moderator who knows how to make meetings engaging, insightful and valuable.  In this priceless booklet, she shares her expertise and wisdom to help others lead more effective panels.  If you are running a conference, meeting or panel, you owe it to your audience to probe Kristin's ideas.”
    Wayne Cooper
    Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Group & Publisher of Chief Executive Magazine
  • "Your guidebook, Powerful Panels, is a great reminder of some of the basics.  I read it a few days before moderating the panel - and it's amazing how much better the panel discussion was!"
    Glenn Williamson
    Chairman, Canada Arizona Business Council
  • "Panels. The very word causes most of us to groan as it brings up feelings of dislike and disdain. Kristin Arnold has taken the dry, boring, traditional panel format and infused it with excitement, engagement and anticipation all for the audience’s pleasure. Her book Powerful Panels provides a step by step approach to creating 21st Century panels and is a must read for all who plan meetings, events and education formats."
    Jeff Hurt
    Executive Vice President, Education & Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

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