Panel Discussion Tip #214 with Jeffrey Hayzlett: Introducing the Panelists

Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold interviewed Jeffrey Hayzlett, a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders on his best panel discussion tips.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Jeffrey, do you introduce the panelists during a panel discussion or do you let them introduce themselves?

Jeffrey: My belief is that’s done in the intro before we hit the stage. When we hit the stage, we start talking and there are other names there. There’s a slide that’s got their name and their title. They’re all there. They’re sitting in those seats. You got their bio in the program. So I’ll right there, go read it. You know, and I’m assuming you’ve done your homework. We’re doing ours. And so we’re, we’re here. We hit the, we hit the mark live. We’re asking questions.

I don’t like taking up any time with tell me your background. In fact, I can’t stand to be in a panel where they say, Jeff, can you tell us a little bit more about you? I can’t stand that. That’s, that’s a sloppy in my opinion. And I apologize for all of you who do it this way. Um, but you shouldn’t do it this way.

 

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