123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

Posted by Kristin Arnold on December 21, 2020

It’s done!  I just sent the final, formatted proof to the printer of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion!

All I’m waiting for is the box of books to arrive and the ebooks to get uploaded and this baby will launch on January 7th!

It has taken two years (with several fits and starts along the way) to amass this 200+ page compendium of ideas to punch up your live, in-person, virtual, and hybrid panel discussions.

Talk about a team effort!  We have 54 people who have contributed an idea or quote to the book.  Couldn’t have done it without their inspiration – and all it took was a simple request.  How often do we ask others to help?  I know I don’t do it nearly enough, but I HAD to in order to put this book together.

But that’s not the interesting part.  As I was talking to my good friend, colleague, and book contributor, Sally Hogshead, she remarked that this book was NOT just about panels and had a broader application to the world.

Whaaaaattttt?  I wrote this book for meeting organizers, panel moderators, and panelists to add “more vitality and glamour” and to inspire more energy and engagement in the otherwise boring panel discussion.

Sally said,

“Kristin, leaders are starving for ways to create more energy and engagement in their Zoom world.  All of the techniques listed here can be used just as easily to add pizazz to an otherwise boring meeting!”

Well, that got me thinking….if you take a look at the table of contents, she’s right!

  • Design an inspiring panel format
  • Find and prepare your panelists
  • Curate fabulous questions
  • Set the stage and A/V tips
  • Open with pizazz!
  • Inspire spontaneous and informative conversations
  • Intervene firmly but tactfully
  • Finish with panache
  • Keep the audience at the edge of their seats
  • Shift gears periodically
  • Engage & involve the audience
  • Moderate lively audience Q&A
  • PLUS tons of tips on how to adapt these techniques to the virtual environment!

If you organize, lead, moderate/facilitate or sit on a panel or team, just pull out this quick reference guide to provide a little inspiration for your next panel discussion/meeting!

Pre-order your copy today and you’ll receive several bonus gifts including the chapter that summarizes key “virtual variations” that are sprinkled generously throughout the book.

And come celebrate the launch of the book on January 7th!

For more information about how to lead your team in the virtual environment, use these resources.

KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF | Master, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator.  She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.  She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action.

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