Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #230 with Pam Fox Rollin: What to Do with a Poor Closing Question

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Pam Fox Rollin, Executive coach and frequent Silicon Valley panel moderator on what a panelist should do when asked a poor closing question during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Pam, what should a panelist do if they are asked a very poor closing question?

Pam: There are no points for completeness. This is not an AP exam with a rubric. I turn it into what I want to say, and it’s like basic media training. Right?

And you get asked a question and you have full choice about how you want to respond to it and I think it’s lovely, especially in the context of a panel to show respect to the moderator who posed the question.

And it not be, you know, they asked about what should you do, and you say the smartest thing that’s happened in the industry over the last 18 months is this right. You want to tie it to what the person said but beyond that, they have complete choice about what to say. I would just remember generosity, audience first, what is it you want them feeling, thinking, doing as they walk out of the room.


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