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 panel discussion format at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: So, Scott, what’s your favorite format for a panel discussion?

Scott: It’s kind of a hybrid of some of the things that you talk about. Mine is either the McLaughlin Group, you know, where you can, you’ve got a mic there and frankly I do like the Phil Donahue type of approach where I’m moderating from the audience because I think that makes the audience feel like they’re more a part of the panel. If I’m down in the audience and I’m asking a couple of questions and keeping it moving but I’m involving the audience as well.

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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