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Want to really shift gears, throw a wrench into an otherwise traditional panel discussion?  Ask one of your panelists to ask a question to a specific audience member!

That’s right…..pick one panelist to select one audience member (known or unknown to the panelist – doesn’t matter) and ask the panelist to ask that audience member a question!

That question can be a poll, a query for more information, or just a random question: “Are you having a good day today?”  Regardless, it creates curiosity in the crowd, and makes them lean forward, thinking, “Ok, at any point they could call me out!”

Only do this once or twice. Maybe three times tops.  Otherwise, the audience might high-jack the panel discussion!

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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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