Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #156 with Glenn Thayer: Meeting with the Panelists Prior to the Panel

Professional Panel Moderator Kristin Arnold asks Glenn Thayer, Master of Ceremonies and conference moderator to share his perspective on meeting with the panelists prior to the panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.


Video Transcript

Kristin: Glenn, do you meet with the panelists prior to the panel discussion?

Glenn: Oh you know what, I think it depends. Most of the time I find that people that I have on the panels are usually at a level that they are not able to; I can’t get them onsite before the conversation so typically we’re having these conversations in the green room backstage before we bring everybody on.

If I get them for rehearsal, then I spend fifteen, twenty minutes with them in rehearsal saying here is how it’s going to go. We walk through how the introductions are going to go, we play their videos, if there’s AV. If there’s any presentations we need to do, we are really doing the walk-through there. So if I can get that, awesome. There’s a lot of times it doesn’t happen.


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