What is the one thing would you like other panel moderators to remember while facilitating a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Susan Morris, a fantasy author, editor and absurdly frequent panel moderator at GenCon.
Kristin: Susan, what one thing would you like other panel moderators to remember?
Susan: So, if there’s one thing, I would say, aside from research, which I’m gonna take for granted at this point, I’m gonna say it’s, remember that it’s about the audience, and it’s about them getting what they want. And it doesn’t matter… Like, you, by doing your job, will be as memorable as anyone else. You don’t have to worry about that part of it. Just worry about making sure the audience gets what they want and need.
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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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