Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Scott McKain, Speaker Hall of Fame and author of the book, “Create Distinction: What To Do When ‘Great’ Isn’t Good Enough To Grow Your Business,” about his favorite way to finish a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: What’s your favorite way you like to finish up your panel?

Scott:  It’s hard because if the group has heard me as a keynote speaker, I think they assume that I’m going to have some wrap-up story to tie a ribbon around the package.  You know, I’m going to have some send them out with a bang kind of thing, so if it’s a keynote, and then I moderate… I always try to have this short story that ties a ribbon around the package if, if I’m only there as a moderator, I put it back on them. I say, and the panel knows this ahead of time when I say, you know, I gave you 90 seconds at the beginning. Now let me give each one of you 90 seconds to tie it. What’s the…if there is one thing that you could let this audience know, to send them out of the door back home to implement what we’ve talked about, what would that one thing be?


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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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