Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Ian Cleary Founder of RazorSocial and frequent panelist, to share whether or not he researches his fellow panelists while being on a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Ian, as a panelist, do you do research on your other panelists?
Ian: If I have potential to input into who is the panelists, then I will research them. And sometimes you don’t. If you’re a coordinated panel, sometimes you’re told “Will you coordinate your panel with these people?” So, you’ve no choice at that stage. But if you have the option to input into who should be a panel member, well then certainly I’ll do research.
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