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 biggest concern while moderating panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Elizabeth, what is your biggest concern when you’re moderating a panel discussion?
Elizabeth: You know my biggest concern is not about so much having to cut someone off because I feel skilled in doing that, it’s when there is no energy.
Like everything I’m trying is not creating the energy, either because the panelists were all given to me and they’re not really interested in one another or certain topics or themes that we’re asked to touch on you know, from the client are not really interesting or resonate despite my best suggestions and strategic coaching, that we go in a different direction.
Sometimes you’re just handed this plate of topics and people and you have to make the best of that.
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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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