Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Elizabeth Marshall, strategist for authors and speakers who want to become recognized thought leaders AND talented panel moderators, to share her ideas on what to do with panelists who take up too much time talking during panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Elizabeth, how do you intervene when a panelist is taking up way too much time during a panel discussion?
Elizabeth: I would say that you know, when someone is going on and on, I will listen for that brief pause to say, “Fantastic joe I heard you say this, and you know, it sounds like what you are sharing ties back into John. I’d love to hear Sally’s experience.” So I’m listening for that brief moment where I can do a yes and, without cutting them off to say, “Okay let us move on.”
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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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