Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #263 with Elizabeth Marshall: Panelist Who Hogs the Spotlight

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Elizabeth Marshall, strategist for authors and speakers who want to become recognized thought leaders AND a talented panel moderator, to share her ideas on what to do when a panelist hogs the spotlight during a panel discussion at a meeting, conference, or convention.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Elizabeth, how do you deal with a panelist who likes to hog the spotlight during a panel discussion?

Elizabeth: When you have that individual in your panel who even is well-meaning but is used to being the star of the show,  being really attuned to not cutting them off too soon, but giving them enough accolade and acknowledgment so that it neutralizes their behavior as opposed to them feeling like they have to grab the mic and fight for the spotlight even more. 


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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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