Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #232 with Chip Bell: Why I Like Moderating Panel Discussions

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Dr. Chip Bell, professional speaker and panel moderator, how he feels about moderating panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: How do you feel about moderating panels when you are the expert on the subject?

Chip: It’s fun. It is fun because here’s how it’s fun. You would think at first blush, wait, you know so much more than your audience because of your experience, and they’re going to be providing you data and information that’s maybe elementary compared to the fact that I’ve been doing this for a long time, but the truth of the matter is is that you always, no matter what panel, there are many questions I ask that I sort of can predict what the answer’s going to be, but I always get some nugget I hadn’t thought about.

I always get some gift from that panel that you either go, “I never thought of that, or I’ve never thought about it that way, or I never really considered that was something important.” So there’s always insight to be gained from the panel even if you’ve been at it for a gazillion years.


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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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