12 VERY Easy Ways to Turn Off Your Audience During a Panel Discussion

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Turn Off Your Audience

We’ve all been there. The panel moderator or a panelist says or does something that turns us off. Instead of leaning into the conversation, we lean out. Check our email. Respond to a text. Daydream. Anything to escape their audacity to be so rude.

Here’s my list of very easy ways to turn off your audience during a panel discussion:

  1. “So sorry! We’ve run out of time so we’ll just skip the audience Q&A.”
  2. “It’s like what we talked about during our prep call.”
  3. Panelists talk but don’t say anything of value.
  4. “Is the microphone on?  Can you hear me?”
  5. “I’ll echo what she said…”
  6. Panelists talk about anything BUT the published topic.
  7. “I’d like to introduce our fifteen panelists.”
  8. “In addition, I have just one or two more things to say about that.”
  9. “There is an important study somewhere, I should have looked it up, that says…”
  10. Ignore the audience.
  11. “We’re running overtime, but we’ll be done in ten minutes.”
  12. “You need to buy my book/product/service NOW.”

I am sure there are others…any you would like to add to the list?

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KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CSP, CPF|Master has been facilitating meaningful conversations between executives and managers to make better decisions and achieve extraordinary results for 25+ years. She's a leading authority on moderating panel discussions and passionate about finding the perfect olive to complement a vodka martini.
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