Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Diane Hamilton, nationally syndicated radio host, master interviewer, speaker, and author: What are your favorite fallback questions during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions?
Kristin: Diane, what are your favorite fallback questions?
Diane: You know, you could always, what’s next? What do you, where do you see yourself? Kind of questions are always good because it makes people contemplate what they’re going to come up with, with their, you know, there’s always. How do you think that anything you did was a failure? What would you change? Kind of questions that everybody asks those if they run out of time, you could.
But, I don’t want to ask the same things other people ask usually. So, I focus more on something I can use because I think you can always quote people if you’re writing a book or writing something on a webinar with, for me, I teach for Seven University still and all those courses. I’m taking sound bites from everything I do to teach somebody something. Right. So I think about what courses I’m teaching and uh, if we’re talking about servant leadership, I asked them a question about that and then I could use that sound clip in that or whatever the topic is that I think that they would have an answer to, I think is where I get a lot of my questions.
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