Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Elizabeth Marshall, strategist for authors and speakers who want to become recognized thought leaders AND talented panel moderators, to share her ideas on how she likes to end panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Elizabeth, how do you like to finish off your panel discussion?

Elizabeth: I would say that to use a gymnastics analogy, you know the dismount — panel dismount for me is not a theatrical move but that solid dismount that you know that you can land every single time. 

So, I have a particular closing question that I will ask if each of the three to four panelists asking them to give that Twitter link version, so it’s going to be that one piece of advice or something one key thing that they want to leave with the audience, you know related to the discussion that we’ve had. 

So again, you know this is not innovative but I found that, that allows everyone to contribute and have that final say and to where it feels complete for everyone that’s participated. 



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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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