Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Dr. Chip Bell, professional speaker and panel moderator, to share his opinion on how a panel moderator can know that they have done a good job moderating the panel discussion at a meeting, conference, or convention.
Kristin: Chip, how do you know when you’ve done a good job moderating a panel?
Chip: The check clears [laughs].You know I think I know by the audience’s feedback and the audience’s comments. That’s one. Sometimes you know by and I’ll give you a technique. It’s called ‘Layered group listening’ that I want to share as a part of this. Sometimes you know because of what the customers do or the panel members do afterwards. And their willingness and desire to be, “Can you invite me again, I’d love to do this. I’d like to help again.” Or their continual follow-up with the company about how that turn out based on what we said or what we did.
And so the loyalty of the panels are often then telegraphs whether or not it was beneficial for them and the found it a good dollar. And so, but I think the primary reason that you get affirmation is how the audience reacts. What do they say afterwards. “Gosh we learned a lot. He gave us some insight. It gave us confirmation on what we already knew but we didn’t realize it was that big a deal.” And those kinds of things to me are helpful.
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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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