How can we help others move in to the virtual environment for panel discussions at meetings, conferences and conventions? Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asked this question of Terry Brock, technology trends expert, virtual panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.
Kristin: Terry, is there anything you would like to pass along to other panel moderators to help them move into the virtual environment?
Terry: Well I think there’s a lot of opportunity here. It’s getting us the ability now as never before in history that we can tap into some of the greatest minds anywhere on the planet by using this virtual communication, by using this we can see that person; we can hear them in their own environment. They can bring in their content, their knowledge. Think about how we can bring in a panel of experts on a given medical area. And we find the one person from Germany that’s the best in this area, and another person in Tokyo that is the very best in this, bring them in together for a panel, hearing them live which is a whole lot different than just a recorded message because now we’re getting feedback from the audience, feedback from existing real-world panel members, people that are in the audience; the opportunities are enormous.
Let your mind go; let it go stretching now thinking, “what can we do once we’ve got this?” Get to know the technology; get in there and splash around with it. You’ll learn what it can do. Have some fun with it and get someone to help you on this. Get someone who has already done that a little bit along the way to help you. You could learn it on your own, yes you can, but it will take you a lot of time. Make that time much shorter by getting someone to show you some of the nuts, bolts, and wiggle pins of it first. Then go from there and get ready for a wonderful time. Welcome to the future; it’s going to be a fun time.
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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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