Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked a question of Diane Hamilton, nationally syndicated radio host, master interviewer, Speaker, and Author about managing extra time during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and events.
Kristin: Diane, what do you do if you have extra time to fill during a panel discussion?
Diane: I think that there’s certain questions you can ask anybody, you know, like for me, since I’m working on a book, I might ask them a question that I asked everybody in my book or um, and, and when I first started doing the radio show, there were certain questions I wanted to see a pattern.
Like, you know, I think a lot of people ask. I’m trying to think what I see a lot. A lot of people will ask, did you make any mistakes? You’re looking back, what would you do differently? You see those kinds of questions over and over again, but if you can’t think of anything else, you could always go to something like that. You know what I mean?
It does kill some time. I think some people get so scared that they’re going to run out and not have anything. And there’s just anything you. If you just at a dinner party, think of what you would do there. It’s the same thing. You don’t just sit there and stare at somebody, you come up with something. Right?
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