Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked Diane Hamilton, nationally syndicated radio host, master interviewer, Speaker, and Author about dealing with panelists with negative attitudes during panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Diane, what do you do if the panelist has a negative attitude?
Diane: I find that when people are negative at all like that, I tend to be extra nice to them. That’s just my way of kind of how I am with my students. The ones that yell at you and just tell you that I should have had an “A,” you know what I mean… If you kill them with kindness, they just don’t expect that. They’re waiting for a fight and I think it is better to go the other way and eventually they lighten up.
And usually, people get lightened up as soon as the air comes on, even if they’re kind of uptight to begin with, because they don’t want to sound bad on the air. And usually by a couple of minutes in there really loosened up.
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