Powerful Panel Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #258 with Mark Sanborn: How to Deal with a Dominating Panelist

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Mark Sanborn, Leadership Keynote Speaker, panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame to share his ideas on how to handle a panelist who is dominating the conversation during a panel discussion at a meeting, conference or convention.


Video Transcript

Kristin: Mark, what do you do when you’ve got somebody who’s just dominating the conversation?

Mark: You use civility, and let’s say that person’s name is Mark – I’ll use my own name – I would simply say, “You know what Mark? Great point. I want to hear what Kristin and Joe have to say about that.” And so it makes it incumbent on me to shift that attention over to another panelist, rather than the other panelist to get aggravated or irritated and try to wrestle control away from the dominant panelist. 

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