Rather than save all the notices and information (aka “housekeeping”) for the end of the panel discussion, why not pepper them throughout the panel?
When you conclude a segment, consider adding an appropriate “ad break” before you move on to the next segment.
Of course, it has to make sense! Fellow panel moderator Penny Haslam, in her new book, Panel Discussions, says, “Obviously, don’t shoehorn in the information if it’s completely irrelevant, but if you feel it works OK then script it on purpose, so you don’t forget:
So, before we turn to our next area for discussion (turn to audience), I just want to make you aware of a really special event that’s taking place next month and that is blah blah. You can get tickets for it on the website and there will be an email sent out to remind you. (Turn to panelists.) Sounds good, doesn’t it? Okay, so let’s move on…”
It’s so easy to do – but you have to plan for it! You may even surprise your event organizer by offering to make these small announcements.
Thanks, Penny for this great tip to pepper announcements in your panel discussion!
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