Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Dr. Chip Bell, professional speaker and panel moderator, to share his opinion about egotistical panel moderators at meetings, conferences and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Chip, what are your thoughts about moderators with egos who try to make themselves look good?

Chip: You show your brilliance in the questions you ask not the answers you provide. [laughs] And usually I always think to myself I’m going to get my shot because I get to do the keynote following this. Or I had my shot I gave the keynote that preceded this. So usually it’s, you have had your chance to make your points and so I mean the ideal situation often is for my keynote to proceed the panel. And the panel’s there and they get to hear the keynote. And so because now they can sometimes say, “Well as you mentioned in your keynote etc.” and we build on that. And so it gives them sort of fresh thoughts to apply to their own situation which is what the audience needs to hear.


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