How can moderators conclude a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions? Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Kate Delaney, Emmy Award-winning journalist and America’s #1 female sports commentator and talk show host.
Kristin: Kate, how do you like to finish your panel?
Kate: So my idea was to let them take a last shot, which I said, parting shots, and they all had quick, quick, quick, quick, quick. And then I said, you know, summarized it about being authentic and where is your content, where is it going to be when we all meet again. And then I thanked them and went down the row and shook their hands and walked off the stage. And when we walked off stage Steve Shapiro was there to high five everyone at the bottom of the steps. So it continued that good feeling like, wow we appreciate you. And they were glowing. They were all excited, they were happy to be there, they felt really, really good.
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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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