Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asks Neen James, an expert on leveraging your focus and paying attention to what matters most at work and in life, what to include in your introduction to a panel discussion at a meeting, conference, or convention.
Kristin: Neen, as a panelist, what information do you include in your introduction?
Neen: A start for me could be, very simply, a very quick overview, a little bit about my background, it might be two bullet points, what my kind of category is that I serve in the world, what I’m obsessed with, what some examples of people I’ve worked with, an analogy for myself, how I’m unique, maybe challenges my clients face and how I solve them, and why I do what I do. And this very, very simple answer takes me less than two minutes, but it sets up credibility in the mind of the audience. And it’s not “look at me, look at me,” it’s like, here’s why I’ve been invited to be part of this.
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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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