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Panel Moderation: Making Conference Panel Discussions Extraordinary

Kristin Arnold is adept at making ordinary panel presentations powerful through a lively, engaging, audience-centered conversation.  As a thought leader in making panels more powerful, she uses her facilitation skills and process techniques to make your panel session into a robust, interesting and lively discussion.  She ensures there is audience/ panel participation, the information  is useful and the session starts and stops on time.

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Kristin knows her panel moderator role is to be the producer/director of your conference panel presentation – and not the star of the program.  Your panel presenters and participants are the stars and Kristin makes them look like heroes!

Kristin's Process

Kristin uses a 4-step process to create and facilitate an amazing panel discussion that is customized to your outcomes, organizational culture, and the players (panelists and audience) involved.

Kristin starts with a conversation with the meeting organizer to clarify the purpose of the panel and desired outcomes. Interesting panel discussions typically:

  • Provide different perspectives on controversial issues.
  • Explore multiple angles of a complex topic.
  • Answer participant questions about an important topic.

The best panels have a great chemistry with the moderator and with each other – as well as provide relevant, meaningful information to the participants. Kristin works with the panelists to ensure they present the right amount of material given the time constraints, they provide meaningful take-aways (both verbal and as a handout), and that they respond appropriately to participant questions.

The best panel discussions are truly lively, engaging, and informative. Kristin develops a unique format that engages the audience and keeps the conversation flowing. (BTW, she is currently putting the finishing touches on her newest book: 201 Ways to Add More Pizzaz To Your Panel Discussion!

Kristin coordinates event logistics with the property to include seating options and audio-visual support, as well as using emerging technologies such as electronic polling of participants to ensure maximum engagement.

Kristin facilitates the panel discussion to meet the panel objectives by:

  • Providing structure and control to guide the flow of the session.
  • Ensuring lively balanced audience participation.
  • Making segues and summarizing the conversations, while highlighting key points to remember
  • Being humorous, where appropriate.

Kristin summarizes the key points at the end and in a written report immediately following the session. You can reinforce these points in follow up emails, newsletters and talking points. When you hire Kristin as your panel moderator, you know that your panel is in good hands. You have a professional facilitator who will orchestrate a dynamic, engaging and informative panel discussion. She’ll also evaluate the session with you to create next steps.