Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #111 with Patricia Fripp: What the Audience Talks About AFTER the panel

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Patricia Fripp, Executive Speaker coach and member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, to share her thoughts on what she wants the audience members to be talking about after sitting in on one of her panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: What do you want the audience members to be talking about after sitting in on your panel discussions?

Patricia: I want my words to be remembered and repeated. And just as you said Kristin, we want a phrase that pays; your last words linger. Whenever I interview people on the regular, it is not visual, it is recorded, but always give your presenters a chance to give a walk-away line. And I always say that if you can sum it up into one sentence you will be more likely to be quoted. It is not time to bring on a whole new idea. Never say something that is totally new, just reinforces what is the key idea from your remarks.


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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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