Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks the late Warren Evans, professional speaker, futurist and member of the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame to share his perspective on how he knows that he has done a good job moderating a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Warren, how do you know that you’ve done a good job as a panel moderator?
Warren: There is only really one question that to me is important and that is whoever is cutting the check gives you the answer you want to the questions, ‘Did you get what you thought you were going to get when you asked me to do this?’ And if they’re effusive in the affirmative, then you’ve done probably as good a job as can get done.
You and I both know that some go better than others, and so on. The real thing for me is, is there buzz going on? Go out in the coffee break and what are people talking about, last night’s football game? Tomorrow’s dance entertainment or what just got talked about in the room? That’s the indicator and there are some ways you can set that up.
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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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