Kristin Arnold

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 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 […]
July 16, 2019

Make Your Mark as a Moderator with Opening Remarks

The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical.  Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do.  The audience (and panelists) […]
July 9, 2019

Acing an “UnPanel” – A Panel Without a Moderator

I have watched several panels who declare themselves as an “UnPanel” – a panel of 4-5 people without a moderator.  And it always ends up with […]
July 2, 2019

How to Use BINGO During a Panel Discussion

You might have noticed that I’ve been reporting on the Democratic Presidential Primary debates!  And as I was trolling about looking for tidbits of information, I […]
June 28, 2019

A Feeding Frenzy: The Second Night of the First Democratic Primary Debate

As I predicted, round two of the first Democratic Primary Debate was more feisty.  Moderator Lester Holt called it “spirited.”  I’ll call it a feeding frenzy […]
June 27, 2019

First Democratic Presidential Primary: The Beto & Booker Show!

Sorry to those who wanted this first Democratic Presidential Primary to be a slug match.  It did not “get nasty” as predicted by some of the […]
June 19, 2019

12 Moderator Mishaps that Derail a Presidential Debate

For this presidential debate cycle, the country has been focused on who will be able to stand at the candidate lecterns. Yet there is an equally […]
June 13, 2019

“A Panel of Five” Moderators for the First Democratic Primary Debate!?

NBC just announced “a panel of five” moderators for the first Democratic Primary Debate:
June 3, 2019

DNC is NOT Mandating “Women and People of Color” to be Moderators for their Presidential Primary Debates

This week, in an exclusive report to Refinery29, it was reported that “the Democratic National Committee is requiring that each 2020 Democratic presidential debate includes at least one female moderator.”
May 29, 2019

The Art to Answering TOUGH Audience Questions

Q&A is often the biggest fear for many panelists. What if I get asked a hard-ball question?  What if I can’t answer it?  What if I […]
May 20, 2019

Town Hall Moderator Chris Wallace’s Silence: Coward or Professional Moderator?

Back in March, the Democratic National Committee rejected Fox News from hosting any of the twelve scheduled debates in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. […]
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