Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Michael Carnes, CEO of Hoka Hey, Inc. specializing in creative media and event production, to share how he knows the panel discussion is a hit at meetings, conferences, and conventions.


Video Transcript

Kristin: Michael, how do you know when the panel discussion was a hit with the audience?

Michael: I’ve seen standing ovations for panel discussions.

And that’s pretty much the difference because we all know the difference of the obligatory clap and then the actual–you know—“oh, my gosh, this was wonderful-type information” and like I said, I’ve seen that. I’ve seen where the information and the panel was so engaging and so appropriate and helped the audience so much that they were that appreciative because that’s what it is. I don’t care if it’s a concert or a play or whatever, when you get a standing ovation, the audience is appreciative of what they’ve received. 

So it doesn’t matter what’s on the stage, when you get that, it’s about, “I have been blessed. I have gotten more than I really bargained for here and I thank you for it.” 

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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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