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So what happens AFTER the panel discussion?  People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question.  What about everyone else?  What if they want to keep talking, but as in most cases, the room needs to be “turned” during the break?

Take a cue from ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference where they set up some bar height tables with mini chalkboards describing topics to be discussed – and then encouraged people to congregate around those topics that are of most interest.  Since ASAE’s theme was on creativity, innovation, and reinvention, they also placed creative “puzzles” and toys on the table to engage the mind!

You can do this too…think about how you want the participants to stay engaged in the conversation immediately after the panel discussion.  You might want to use mini-chalkboards and ask your panelists to go mingle by the chalkboards.  Better yet,  do you have any other ideas to keep them engaged after the panel discussion is over?


For more resources on how to make meetings, panels, and room sets better, make sure to check out this knowledge vault which is chock-full of customizable checklists, worksheets, templates, agendas, sample emails, video interviews and webinars with industry icons and professional moderators.

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Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator and high-stakes meeting facilitator, shares her best practices for interactive, interesting, and engaging panel presentations. For more resources like this, or to have Kristin moderate your next panel visit the Powerful Panels official website.

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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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