Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked Diane Hamilton, nationally syndicated radio host, master interviewer, Speaker, and Author, how she gets the audience warmed up during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Diane, how do you get the audience warmed up during a panel discussion?
Diane: I think, you know, giving the bio kind of warms up what you’re going to talk about, first of all, so people know what to expect and sometimes I’ll begin with a question that’s kind of light-hearted, uh, you know, “I saw this or that about you and I thought that was so fun,” you know, and sometimes you start off laughing and then things are, are just a little more relaxed and, and I think that that can lighten the mood quite a bit.
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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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