Panel Discussion Tip #171 with Mark Sanborn: The Ideal Number of Panelists

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Mark Sanborn, Leadership Keynote Speaker, panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame to share his ideas on the ideal number of panelists to have during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Mark, what’s your ideal number of panelists for a successful discussion?

Mark: I think, for me and I’ve not seen any research so I can’t base this on anything more than my intuition and anecdotal observation, three is probably better than four. Four is manageable, anything beyond that you start to give the panelists short shrift. I mean, even if it’s a long panel.

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