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As a panelist who wants to be successful at an upcoming panel discussion, you’ll put the work in, doing the work needed to look brilliant and offer tremendous value to the audience.

But what if you absolutely have to get your message across?  What if it is vital to your success, the team or organization’s success?  Well then, you’ll have to do a bit more prep work.

There are essentially

7 ways you can get your message out during a panel discussion:

  1. During the opening statement
  2. During moderator-curated questions
  3. During audience Q&A
  4. Jumping in to the conversation
  5. During closing remarks
  6. Offering a handout or takeaway
  7. Reinforcing your message by posting or engaging on social media

As a savvy panelist, you’ll want to think through the best ways to convey your message using ALL seven methods.  Just brainstorm the possibilities.  What would that look like?  How could you authentically offer your valuable insights?  You might not execute on them all, but a few of your ideas will resonate with you.  Practice those specific areas.  Hone your message so it is concisely stated and memorable.

With extensive preparation for your panel discussion, you’re bound to get your message across in one, two, or even three ways!


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KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CSP, CPF|Master has been facilitating meaningful conversations between executives and managers to make better decisions and achieve extraordinary results for 25+ years. She's a leading authority on moderating panel discussions and passionate about finding the perfect olive to complement a vodka martini.
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