Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #238 – Ian Cleary: How Do You Know a Panel Will Be Successful?

Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Ian Cleary Founder of RazorSocial and frequent panelist, to share how he knows when a panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions will be successful.


Video Transcript

Kristin: Ian, how do you know if a panel discussion will be successful?

Ian: It has to be the right topic and the right people on the panel. So if I know the people and I know their background, I know that they’ll deliver the goods. These are people that are going: well I add value all the time in my presentations. And now you just need to make sure you deliver the same value at the actual sessions itself. So it’s really down to the right selection of the people.

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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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