Should your panelists know the questions before the panel discussion begins? Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Kate Delaney, Emmy Award-winning journalist and America’s #1 female sports commentator and talk show host.
Kristin: Kate, did your panelists know the questions ahead of time?
Kate: So they didn’t know the specific questions. I didn’t hand them a list of questions and say, “Here’s the 10 questions I’m going to ask,” or try to ask, or from 10 to 6. They just knew the direction I was going to go in, and they knew the first thing. I’m going to ask you about content that’s relevant now. But they had no idea about the others, just the general direction that it would be.
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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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