Should panel moderators use checklists to help prepare and plan for virtual panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Terry Brock, technology trends expert, virtual panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.
Kristin: Terry, how important are checklists when planning a virtual panel discussion?
Terry: As a matter of fact, when you think about it, in life, anything you really want to do well, successfully, professionally, checklists are involved. I’m glad that when I get on an airplane, those pilots have a checklist even if they’ve flown thousands and thousands of hours, and they know exactly what’s there, that’s all right. They still are required by law to go through each point and check “Did you do this, check; did you do that yes.” Doing that in a professional way really helps to ensure quality and so, yes, it applies to doing a virtual presentation. Develop your own checklists, learn from others; make sure that you’ve got the right things done because all it takes is that one time when you’re on, you thought it was going to work and then “Oh, my goodness, it’s not working.” And you are adding many new words to your vocabulary, describing the ancestry of this computer!
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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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