Kristin Arnold

March 24, 2020

How to Moderate a Virtual Panel Discussion

With the rise of the coronavirus, many of us are meeting virtually (Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, or MS Team seem to be the most popular).  The panel […]
March 16, 2020

11th Democratic Debate: Even-Handed & Calmer

This may be the last Democratic Party Primary Debate.  Moved from my hometown of Phoenix to Washington DC – with minimal staffing and no audience.
March 10, 2020

11th DemDebate – Back to Civility?

CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper, and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as moderators for this week’s Democratic presidential debate in […]
February 26, 2020

10th Democratic Presidential Debate: Free-For-All!

The 10th Democratic Debate was a free-for-all vs. a moderated debate.  Candidates put a big bulls-eye on Sanders and Bloomberg, jumped in without being recognized, talked […]
February 20, 2020

9th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate: The Gloves Are Off!

NBC/MSNBC wanted and expected big ratings with the introduction of Bloomberg to the Democratic Presidential Primary stage.  So the moderators set the tone with a new […]
February 13, 2020

Everything Panel Moderators Should Discuss With Their Meeting Organizer

Just as an excellent party requires an overall theme, marvelous guests and careful planning before the party can start, so does an excellent panel discussion.  And […]
February 8, 2020

8th Democratic Debate: Best So Far Despite Burnout

The 8th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate was interesting…although not a whole lot of people were watching.  Perhaps it’s a case of political burnout from the State […]
February 5, 2020

8th Democratic Primary Debate Drama: More Spats, Snubs & Snipes

Aaahhh, the drama we have had this week: The literal tearing of the State of the Union speech, the interminable wait for the Iowa Caucus results, […]
January 24, 2020

2020 Democratic Debates: Stats on Open, Closed, and Follow-Up Questions

Panel moderators use open-ended questions to incite conversation and closed questions to summarize or exact a short answer from a panelist.  But it doesn’t always work […]
January 15, 2020

7th Democratic Presidential Debate Moderators Stoked the Fire Resulting in a Spat

The 7th Democratic Primary Presidential Debate of 2020 will be known for the Sanders/Warren “spat” about Sanders’ (leaked) comment about whether a woman could win the […]
January 9, 2020

7th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate – Blitzer Will Stoke the Fire

Less than a week before the 7th Democratic Presidential Primary debate, CNN finally got around to announcing the moderators: CNN’s host of the “Situation Room”: Wolf Blitzer […]
January 6, 2020

16 Types of Questions Asked in the 2019 Democratic Primary Presidential Debates

Yes, we know that panel moderators should curate a list of brilliant questions to ask the panelists during a panel discussion.  But how do you format […]
December 24, 2019

Yes, President Trump – Moderators Matter: How Moderators Influence the Debate

President Trump is considering boycotting the 2020 TV debates because he thinks all the debate moderators are biased against him.  And he’s right.  As human beings, we […]
December 20, 2019

Sixth Democratic Presidential Debate – Controlled Questions = No Debate

The 6th Democratic Presidential Debate was tightly controlled with the debate moderators asking very pointed questions. Unfortunately, they (for the most part) didn’t reinforce the expectation […]
December 3, 2019

How to Dress Up a Panel Discussion on the Cheap

No one wants the boring draped table at the front of the room, but how do you “dress up” a panel discussion on the cheap?
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