Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Pam Fox Rollin, Executive coach and frequent Silicon Valley panel moderator on how she prepares a panelist who is not used to participating in a panel discussion at meetings, conferences and conventions.
Kristin: Pam, what do you do to prepare panelists who are not used to participating in panel discussions?
Pam: One great idea is to do a mock panel and that way you can put people, especially for those who aren’t used to this, right? Maybe this is their first time as an executive of a company that is big enough to have these scary quarterly meetings where all the executives sit on high stools right. And to say, “Hey, I know this is fresh for you. I’m just going to grab the few of you that this is fresh for and how about we get together the week before half an hour at the end of the day and just practice our responses to these questions.”
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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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