Award-winning author Kristin Arnold is an expert panel moderator and professional meeting facilitator. Featured on ABC and NBC as well as numerous publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Update, USA Today, and Selling Power, Kristin knows what it takes to lead, facilitate and participate on high performing teams.
As the past President of the National Speakers Association of the United States (2010-11) and one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Kristin brings 20 years of practical team building experience to your audience. She has worked with small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and is equally adept on the shop floor as she is in the executive boardroom.
Kristin will be the Rules Analyst for the 2019-20 Presidential Debate Season
The 2019-20 Presidential Debate season is going to be a hot mess. While most pundits are going to discuss what each candidate said, I’ll be taking a fresh angle: Did the debate moderators do a good job facilitating the discussion?
Much like a football rules analyst, I’ll be commenting on the debate moderators: how objective, skilled and fair were they?
I’ll be available for interviews immediately after each debate with real-time data to back up my assertions:
- Did the moderators follow their own ground rules?
- Were the questions posed objectively?
- Was the airtime equally distributed – or did one candidate have an unfair advantage?
- Which candidates interrupted others?
- Did the moderators intervene appropriately?
I’ll also have real-time polling of the “man on the street.” In conjunction with Futuri Media (engagement manager to iHeartRadio), we’ll be polling the national radio audience with two questions:
- Did the debate moderators do a good job?
- Were the debate moderators fair and objective?
It’s a unique angle that hasn’t been reported…unless the debate goes off the rails. (Remember Candy Crowley in the 2012 debate between Obama and Romney?) Will the debates go off the rails this year? Potentially. The conversation will definitely be skewed, biased and crowded. Regardless, I’ll be there to report it.
Democratic Primary Debates 2019:
- June 26-7, Miami, FL
- July 30-1, Detroit, MI
Democratic Primary Debates 2020:
Why do I want to report on the debates? I am the leading authority on moderating panel discussions. I literally wrote the book on it. And I have never seen the current civil discourse so heated. It’s bound to bleed over into the presidential debates. I believe the public needs to know when the debate itself is being moderated well – and when it is not.
For more information, check out Kristin’s primary website, ExtraordinaryTeam.com or contact her at 480.399.8489.
Recent Media about Panels!
- Press Releases:
- Boring to Bravo wins Axiom Book Award March 26, 2012
- New Survey Reports 63% of Panel Discussions are Mediocre or Much Worse March 18, 2014
- How to Be a Paid Speaker, ABC News, November 2009.
- From Mediocre to (Almost) Perfect: Reinvigorate Your Panel Discussions. Midwest Meetings, Fall 2014
- Moderating Panel Discussions: Speaker Magazine, August 2014
- How to Moderate a Panel Discussion: Tips for Facilitating a Riveting Exchange of Ideas. Toastmaster Magazine, April 2015 and March 2018
- Bring Your General Sessions to Life Using Theater-In-The-Round, MeetingsNet Magazine, July 2016 pp. 46-49
- Escalating Interventions: A Six-Point Plan to Prevent Problems on your Panel, Speaker Magazine, May 2018
- Toastmaster Podcast, August 2015
- Blog Postings:
- Powerful Panels Report. Meetings Design Institute, April 2014.
- Time to Deep-Six the Panel? MeetingsNet, April 2014.
- Top 10 Reasons Your Panel Discussions Might Fail, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), June 2015.
- 5 Ways to Turn Panels from Boring to Brilliant, MeetingsNet, October 2015.
- Time to Rev-Up with a Rapid-Fire Panel? MeetingsNet, May 2016.
- Bring Your General Sessions to Life with Theater-In-The-Round, MeetingsNet, June 2016
- 10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions, Smart Meetings Magazine, Sept 12, 2016
- Take Cues from Pop Culture to Power Up Your Panel Discussions, Associations Now, March 2017
- What Seating Arrangements Reveal About a Meeting’s Culture, Associations Now, March 2017
- How to Liven Up a Panel Discussion, Connect Associations, Sept 19, 2017
- Panel Protocol: Top Ten Panel Tips to Boost Success, Midwest Meetings, March 11, 2019