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 the need for the panel moderator to be “mic-ed up” as well as have a handheld microphone during a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
Kristin: You’ve got a cordless handheld. Are you mic-ed up as well?
Scott: Yeah. I’ve got a mic on all the time because I want to be able even to drop in…you know if that person keeps going on. I had a couple of situations where I’ve had to drop the mic and walk away, and again make a comment, there’s one of those lines, “thank you for the question” and the keynote speech, you know, as I am walking away…but yeah. I keep a wireless (lavalier microphone) on all the time and I have a handheld.
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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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