Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Ian Cleary Founder of RazorSocial and frequent panelist, to share his opinion of panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Ian, what is your opinion of panel discussions?
Ian: So my opinion on panels is that it’s very difficult to find a good panel because I don’t think people are organized enough for the panels that I see. So you go to a panel and it’s a general conversation. And I like to have specific actions that you take out of events and I find that panels are often missing…you leave the panel not having any specific actions. So I think that they’re not coordinated well enough in the industry.
I just think if panels are run correctly, they can be really valuable and useful and entrusting. But they probably require more work from the organizer point of view to get right. And that’s the reality of it.
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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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