Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Pam Fox Rollin, Executive coach and frequent Silicon Valley panel moderator whether the panel moderator should handle the technical details during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Pam, should the panel moderator be responsible for handling the technical details of a panel discussion?
Pam: As a panel moderator. I take that on. Because if I don’t, it’s possible that nobody else will. So making sure that nobody is dressed in the color of the backdrop, making sure that the chairs are appropriate making sure that people have a place to put their water down. Yeah, no, this wasn’t why got an MBA. And yet it is important for the comfort of the people there to be able to know the details are handled the sound system was checked, all of that.
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Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator, and high stakes meeting facilitator is on a crusade to make all panel discussions informative, interactive, and interesting. Specifically, she wants to help YOU become a better panel moderator. Why? Because 95% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and according to the 2014 Panel Report, it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all! Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk in and see the traditional draped head-table with microphones on short stands. There are sooooo many other ways to have a stimulating conversation! So let’s increase the probability of success for your next panel discussion with these resources.
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