Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #245 with Pam Fox Rollin: To Know the Closing Question or Not?

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Pam Fox Rollin, Executive coach and frequent Silicon Valley panel moderator if a panelist should know the closing question or not during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences and conventions.


Video Transcript

Kristin: Pam, should the panelist know what the closing question is so they can better prepare?

Pam: Pam I think it’s great to know what the closing question is, I know there’s some folks who don’t like a formal closing question but I do. I actually think it serves the audience, more than an abrupt or odd closure and it supports the do part of it, the call to action that you know the importance of and so for somebody to say, you know, my hope is that you consider what does this mean for your, for your role or in your part of the industry? How is this going to affect it and go have those conversations with each other or whatever. So I do like a closing question that hears all the voices that is their final guidance to the panel. I mean, to the participants. 

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