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August 15, 2018

Play Frisbee to Pump UP Your Panel Discussion

Want to add more pizzazz to your audience Q&A during a panel discussion?  Try playing Foam Frisbee!
August 7, 2018

How to Get Your Panelists to Spill their Secrets

How do you get your panelists to spill their secrets in a compelling way?  Ask your question in such a way that rather than just giving an […]
July 31, 2018

Moderators, Are You Over-preparing Your Panelists?

There is an inherent danger in over-preparing the panelists. Yes, you should talk to the panelists.  Outline what you want to see happen on the stage, […]
July 24, 2018

9 Reasons You May Actually Want to Be a Panel Moderator

A colleague asked an interesting question this week: “Why would anyone want to be a panel moderator?”
July 18, 2018

Panel Moderators: DON’T Do This to Your Panelists

Was just talking to a panelist about his recent experience in sharing his insights during a panel discussion.  One of his comments made me cringe:
July 10, 2018

A Rapid-Fire Poll Revs Up a Panel Discussion

Here’s another technique to shift gears and change the pace in your panel discussion: Take a rapid-fire poll of the panelists!
  • "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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