Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Patricia Fripp, Executive Speaker coach and member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, to share her thoughts on how a panelist can adequately respond to a poor question from the moderator during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.


Video Transcript

Kristin: What is your strategy for answering or avoiding poor questions?

Patricia: Okay, well you can say, “Kristin, what I believe you might be saying is,” and you rephrase it with some clarity, or “Kristin, I expected you would have asked me a tougher question such as this. . .” And again, this is part of your preparation in your back pocket.

And very often, of course people don’t ask questions, they say “Well I think bah bah, bah, bah, what do you think?” and then I would say, “I can understand your point of view Kristin, however, there is a much bigger question that we don’t ask because it’s tough,” and then you lead it that way. So you acknowledge it but you really don’t respond to it.



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