Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Diane Hamilton, nationally syndicated radio host, master interviewer, Speaker, and Author: What is the best way to control your anxiety prior to a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions?
Kristin: Diane, what is the best way to control your anxiety prior to a panel discussion?
Diane: This whole thing is all fun to me. So none of it really gives me anxiety. I think some people get anxiety from doing shows when they’re new and they, they’re so worried that they’re going to look bad or sound bad or you know, there’s no really bad. It’s all just different versions of what’s interesting or not interesting to me. That’s how I look at it. And um, you know, there’s just so much out there that people just forget the next minute if they heard something that’s not absolutely perfect, I don’t freak out if the phone rings or if their cat comes across the screen or, you know, I mean, things happen.
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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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