Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #229 with Jeffrey Hayzlett: Establishing Credibility with the Audience

Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Jeffrey Hayzlett, a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders:

How do you establish credibility with the audience during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions?

Video Transcript

Kristin: Jeffrey, how do you establish credibility with the audience during a panel discussion?

Jeffrey: Hey, when I was the CMO of Kodak, I had this issue, how would you have dealt, you know, and you know, I might have used that because that establishes the credibility of me or in what I do. Or, you know, when I, when I wish, when I was talking with the CEO of, you know, X, Y, Z, he said this or she said this, how, how would you know, react or we know how to phrase that question because again, that that helps me frame my expertise and puts it at an elevation level for the audience to say, oh, that’s, that’s big. You know, it’s good stuff.

And so those are the kinds of things that I think that you try to bring in, but we do it in a way that doesn’t say like, Oh, my pocket book is this big or this or that, or I drive this kind of car or whatever, you know.

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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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