What do you really enjoy about moderating panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Joe Calloway, Business Keynote Speaker, panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.
Kristin: Joe, what is it about moderating panels that you really enjoy?
Joe: For me, it’s really personal. I- going back to what I opened with really in this talk- I simply enjoy the energy of a conversation infinitely more than the energy of a speech. And I know there are other people that are the exact opposite and they’re glorious speakers. They’re fabulous at it. It’s just really personal with me and that’s evolved over the years. I’ve just gotten to the point now where I like to engage with people. As a matter of fact, I’m doing a presentation tomorrow and I’m going to open with, “I didn’t bring a speech but I did bring something I want us to talk about.”
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Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator, and high stakes meeting facilitator is on a crusade to make all panel discussions informative, interactive, and interesting. Specifically, she wants to help YOU become a better panel moderator. Why? Because 95% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and according to the 2014 Panel Report, it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all! Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk in and see the traditional draped head-table with microphones on short stands. There are sooooo many other ways to have a stimulating conversation! So let’s increase the probability of success for your next panel discussion with these resources.
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