Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Scott McKain, Speaker Hall of Fame and author of the book, “Create Distinction: What To Do When ‘Great’ Isn’t Good Enough To Grow Your Business,” about how you know you’ve done a good job moderating a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: How do you know that you’ve done a good job?
Scott: It gets back and that’s a great question. It gets back to what I said earlier, is if the goal of the presentation was so that they would learn this, then they’re saying, I never knew so much about…insert topic… If the goal is to stimulate thinking and create debate, then if I walk out in the hall, I see people doing this or I see people, you know, engaged in passionate conversation. I smile all the way back to the airport, you know, cause that’s how I know that I’ve done a good job is if the audience responds in a manner that is congruent with the goals of the event.
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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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