Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Mark Sanborn, leadership keynote speaker, panel moderator, and member of the US Speaker Hall of Fame to share his perspective on bringing the panelists together BEFORE the panel discussion at a meeting, conference, or convention.

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Kristin: Mark, do you ever bring the panelists together to talk with each other prior to the actual panel discussion?

Mark: I have, yeah it’s a well typically if I do that— on site I always try to do that. At least meet and shake hands and say hello. I don’t necessarily think that there is a lot of benefit in a run through other than understanding the logistics of where people are going to sit. But I do occasionally do a conference call. I mean in a way that could save some time because instead of calling, for instance, three different people you get all three people on the call and say what you have to say only once. So, if you can, if time or logistics allow there is certainly no downside into getting the panel together in advance.


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