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My colleague, Chad Littlefield is on a crusade to create connection before content at meetings. His theory is that we should start with the opportunity to:

  1. Connect with each other
  2. Connect the purpose of why you are at the meeting
  3. Create the option or choice for authenticity and vulnerability

So how does that work for a panel discussion?

Littlefield recommends this universal question to ask the audience: “What is one of your favorite stories about [the topic]?” Give the audience a couple of minutes to share with their neighbor(s) and then “popcorn out” a few of the answers to “Which aspect of the story you heard made it that person’s most amazing experience?”

Now the audience is warmed up to participate in an amazing panel discussion!

Thanks, Chad for sharing your wisdom!

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For more information about how to moderate a lively & informative panel discussion, check out our free 7-part video series on how to moderate a panel and other resources to help you organize, moderate, or be a panel member.

Kristin Arnold

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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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