Powerful Panel Discussion Tip #285 – Michael Carnes: Favorite Thing About Panel Discussions

Professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold asks Michael Carnes, CEO of Hoka Hey, Inc. specializing in creative media and event production, to share his favorite thing about panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Video Transcript

Kristin: Michael, what is your favorite thing about panel discussions?

Michael: The best thing about panels is that you can get down to the nitty-gritty with a correct panel discussion. You can get down to some interesting insights especially if there are people brought in as the panelists or people brought in from different perspectives of a company or a sales team—whatever the subject matter is.

If you’ve got different people that aren’t normally together, then you’re going to have different ideas, and I’ve actually heard them say, “you know, what Harry said over here, I never really considered that. It really makes a big difference when you look at it that way as opposed to what I said.” And all of a sudden it’s gone from just conversation to “Hey, we’ve enlightened each other. So I hope we’ve enlightened you.” 

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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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