Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #253 – Ian Cleary: Over-preparing for a Panel Discussion

Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Ian Cleary Founder of RazorSocial and frequent panelist, to share his opinion on if it’s possible to OVER-prepare for a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

 

Video Transcript

Kristin: Ian, do you think it’s possible to over-prepare for a panel discussion?

Ian: That is a good point, I suppose what I have witnessed is under preparation, so I haven’t seen the over-preparation yet. So I think you’re right, that it’s somewhere in the middle. Sometimes the conversations can get really interesting. Somebody may be having a heated debate which gets really interesting and if it’s too scripted, you may cut out that heated debate. So I think you’re right. There needs to be a balance of having preparation, having the right people on the panel, the right topic, good preparation, but not overdoing it either. Then also having actions at the end. So people need to walk away with specific things at the end. 

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