Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #291 with Pam Fox Rollin: How to Answer a Difficult Question

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Pam Fox Rollin, Executive coach and frequent Silicon Valley panel moderator on how she coaches a panelist to answer a difficult question during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Pam, how do you coach your panelists to answer a very difficult question?

Pam: If I’m working with an executive who I haven’t seen in a, like a town hall situation or something like that. So I don’t know how they’re going to do getting a tough question I’ll ask them. “So what do you if you get a question that’s kind of seems really hard for you to answer?”

And we’ll talk about it. The most important thing is what your body is communicating like be okay with being asked the question. Wow. I wish I could answer that. What I can say is doo doo doo doo doo. And just be ready to go with what you can say, and step into that rather than oh

We’re not in school anymore. Nobody’s grading us on completeness. You can take it in a positive direction. 

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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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