Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Elizabeth Marshall, strategist for authors and speakers who want to become recognized thought leaders AND talented panel moderators, to share her ideas on what her objective is as the moderator of panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: Elizabeth, as a panel moderator, what is your objective in having a successful panel discussion?
Elizabeth: You know it’s a special opportunity to be able to hear a curated conversation with three to four industry leaders who may never have been on stage together.
They may know one another, that is a special opportunity and as moderators and facilitators I believe it’s our mission to create magic from that and to bring it to life to say, ‘Wow we really had a substantial conversation that is Tweetable and will be shared and talked about, not a because it is news, as in a news item or media, but because this was the first step in taking the direction to changing the conversation in our industry.’
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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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