Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #240 – Michael Carnes: Who Should Introduce the Panelists?

Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Michael Carnes, CEO of Hoka Hey, Inc. specializing in creative media and event production, to share who should introduce the panelists at the beginning of the panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

 

Video Transcript

Kristin: Michael, should the moderator introduce the panelists or let them introduce themselves?

Michael: Let the panelists introduce themselves because a moderator sometimes will just click right through and you’ll go like “Who’s that?” Let them say “Hi, I’m Michael Carnes, and I direct these things for a living and I’ve done it for a while, yada yada yada.” Let them do their own little bio so that again, that’s about the connect. It’s being told, I’m being communicated to by the person. This is why I’m important here. It’s not an ego thing and they should be slapped if it is. It’s not an ego thing. It’s about this is why I’m here and I hope I can present to you that gold nugget that you’re looking for and this is why my opinions matter.

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