How do you like to wrap up a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of the late Warren Evans, professional speaker, futurist and member of the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame.
Kristin: Warren, how do you like to wrap up your panel discussions?
Warren: As part of the wrap-up to the panel [and I think they need some wrap-up other than “Well, we’re out of time; thanks for coming.” But if you do some wrap-up and say we talked about this, we talked about that, remind everybody how good and valuable and needed this panel was, and it would seem to me that part of your job at lunch today is figure out which of the three big issues that got addressed here is most likely to impact your specific situation and what can you do about it?
If the object of the exercise is to have a lot of buzz and debate going on at lunch, tell them what to buzz and debate about and tell them to do it at lunch.
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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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