What type of chairs do you prefer to use during panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions? Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Kate Delaney, Emmy Award-winning journalist, and America’s #1 female sports commentator and talk show host.
Kristin: Kate, what types of chairs do you prefer to use for panelists?
Kate: Sometimes you have these big bar stools or awkward chairs, and frankly for women they’re trying to get up on them. I don’t care if you’re tall or smaller or whatever it’s awkward. And you’re hunched over and trying to sit up straight. So that was another great thing that Melissa at the NSA had worked with me on. Where she sent me a picture of the chairs. I said, “I do not want high chairs. Can we just get smaller chairs that fit?” And those chairs were perfect because I knew they’d feel comfortable.
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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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