Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Ian Cleary, Founder of RazorSocial and frequent panelist, how to ensure a diversity of opinions on a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Ian, how do you ensure there is a diversity of opinion among the panelists?
Ian: It’s got to be based on careful selection of the people on the panel. So evaluate the right people on the panel. People may have seen people on panels already, and they’ll have different viewpoints on things. So I think it’s having a good knowledge of the people on the panel before they’re put onto it. So the selection of the members of the panel is important.
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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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