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I recently noticed a tweet that said, “If there is a hell, it would be a panel discussion.”

Oh yeah.  That would be the panel discussion that sent me on this crusade to make ALL panel discussions lively and informative.

Would you like me to describe a hellish panel discussion?

  • The day started with two back-to-back panels.
  • The stage was lighted, but the audience was in the dark.
  • The room was freezing and never warmed up – even with 200 people in the room.
  • The moderator was a pedantic editor of a magazine.  Not a great interviewer and certainly didn’t know how to strike up a conversation between the panelists.
  • The questions posed to the panelists were not interesting nor provocative
  • I think they had the questions ahead of time, so there weren’t any surprises…..or energy.
  • There was no audience Q&A.
  • The most exciting thing that happened was when the ONE woman on the panel (who was wearing a rather short skirt) crossed her legs.
What’s your definition of hell?

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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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