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Want to add more pizzazz to your audience Q&A during a panel discussion?  Try playing Foam Frisbee!

So here’s how this fun, and rather crazy technique works:

Get a foam frisbee and proudly show it to the audience.  Explain how the foam frisbee doesn’t hurt if it hits you…and  you can demonstrate this by throwing it at one of your panelists or friends in the front row!

Then share the directions: “So, I’m going to zip this into the crowd. If it hits you, congratulations!  You’re asking a question!  However….(pause for dramatic effect), if you catch it, you then have a choice:

  1. You can ask the question, or
  2. You can insist that the person sitting to your left answer the question instead of you!

Are you going to dodge it, or are you trying to catch it? What are you going to do? Alright let’s throw out our first foam frisbee!”

And then you elegantly and effortlessly toss your frisbee into the audience.

Once the audience member has had their question answered, then have them send the frisbee to the other side of the room!

My recommendation is that you can do this about three times.  After that, it can get a little stale, so you’ll want to use another technique to switch gears and ask questions from the audience during a 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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