Do you prompt the panelists to come up with key points to emphasize during a panel discussion at a meeting, conference, or convention? 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 you prompt the panelists to come up with key points to emphasize?
Kate: I think they are incredibly smart, brilliant people but also in the conversations we had I emphasized my phone conversation…
What is it that you really want to emphasize? What are your points that you would love for people to walk out with that are important to you that you think are relevant, that are significant? And I believe they all knew that. And they knew in our conversation that we had that yeah, this is what you want to do when you get up there. We’re just going to be conversational. What are your points, what do you have to offer, and they, they knew, okay, yeah. This is what I’m going to say.
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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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