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Last week at the National Speakers Association convention, C-Suite marketing maven, Jeffrey Hayzlett moderated a panel discussion on podcasting. After the introductory remarks, he quipped, “The absolute worst question to start a panel is, ‘Tell us about yourself.’ So let’s start by digging in with a great panel question!”

I agree, Jeffrey!

The problem with the “tell us about yourself” question is that it’s a lazy way to start. It means that:

  • The panel moderator didn’t do their research to adequately introduce the panelist
  • The audience didn’t bother to read the promotional materials
  • The panel moderator didn’t bother to put together a summary slide that shows the panelists’ credentials
  • The audience can’t read the slide that shows the panelists’ credentials
  • The panelists can blather on for quite a while…

So do us all a favor and DO NOT start with the worst panel question – “Tell us about yourself.”

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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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