Should the moderator sit or stand while moderating a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions?  Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Glenn Thayer, Master of Ceremonies and conference moderator to share his perspective.


Video Transcript

Kristin:  Glenn, do you prefer to sit or stand when moderating panels?

Glenn:  I typically prefer to sit and I prefer to sit on the end, depending on how many… Like I said, if I’ve got three panelists, there’s me and then there’s three panelists on the other side. That’s my preference. If I have to have more panelists which like I said, I really haven’t had more than four in the last probably five years. I haven’t had more than four panelists, so because of that it makes it really easy to go back and forth with them.


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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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