Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Michael Carnes, CEO of Hoka Hey, Inc. specializing in creative media and event production, to share the best ways panel moderators can wrap up a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Michael, what are some of the best ways you have seen moderators wrap up a panel discussion?
Michael: It’s funny. I mean, I like the way some of these things you’re asking because I know what I don’t like. I’ve seen where we’ve had like a minute and a half left, and there are six people up there. And they say, “Okay, we have just a few minutes,” and we’re sitting back there going “Yeah, a minute and a half—you know—90 seconds. In as short of a statement as you can make, give us an overview of what we’ve just said the last hour and a half.”
It’s not going to happen. Five—six—seven—eight minutes go by and we’re on the third panelist. It doesn’t happen. So I would say back to the moderator, “You know, we’ve talked about a lot of things. Now, from your perspective, how does this best affect you and how does it affect the sales force that’s out there in the audience?”
Now again you’re engaging the audience. You’re making them part of what was happening and making that panelist direct his attention and his answers to this is why you were here in the first place. That is a key phrase. This is why you’re here in the first place, not for us to banter but to help you further yourself and your sales, your marketing, whatever it is you’re out there for.
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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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