Does a panel moderator need to prepare to moderate a panel discussion?  Kristin Arnold, Professional Panel Moderator asked this question of Patricia Fripp, Executive Speaker coach and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame.


Video Transcript

Kristin:  So Patricia, you are saying that if you are invited to be a panelist, you do not just show up?

Patricia:  No. It’s the same thing, if you are going to give a speech, you do not think, what is a good way to start my presentation when your foot hits the stage. You need to know in advance. As Michael Caine said, “Rehearsal is the work. Performance is the relaxation.”



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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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