Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked Diane Hamilton, nationally syndicated radio host, master interviewer, Speaker, and Author, how she prefers to begin panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Diane, how do you like to begin your panel discussions?
Diane: Well, my show is transcribed, so I’d like to introduce them with a pretty good bio at the beginning. Probably longer than some other shows might because I like it to all be there and in the data that gets typed out. I give, you know, maybe a paragraph of background.
And then conversationally “just so glad that you’re here.” You know, this is a great kind of thing and I think people relax. I’ve had a lot of people say that they feel really relaxed with me because I laugh a lot and I’m having fun. I’m not really stiff and boring, you know what I mean? That you’re just like, oh, you know, I try to just kid around with people.
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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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