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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.
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!
There are no one-size-fits-all meeting plans here. Kristin uses a 4-step process to create and facilitate meetings that are customized to your outcomes, company culture, and the players involved.
1. Get Ready
Kristin starts with a conversation with the meeting team 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.
2. Design the Panel
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.
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.
3. Facilitate the Panel
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.
4. Follow Up
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.
Kristin is truly the best moderator I have had the pleasure to work with. She was instrumental in helping our sales and marketing team properly prepare for and successfully launch an industry accredited webinar which included a panel discussion. Our goal was to make the session educational and engaging while also subtly building brand awareness. Based on comments we received, we did just that! Kristin knows how to ask the right questions in order to stay on track, and how to lead a team to set and achieve their goals and objectives. She is genuine, fun and a pleasure to work with.
Taya Paige, Business Development Manager, The ITA Group, Inc.
As more and more subject matter experts fail at delivering presentations, the meeting professionals start looking elsewhere for help. Your blend of presentation and facilitation skills is perfect for conferences of today.
Jeff Hurt, Director of Education and Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, Inc.