How to Moderate a Panel Discussion: Definition of a Panel (Video #1, 4mins)
Welcome to the first video in the 7-part video e-course on Powerful Panels: How to Moderate a Lively and Informative Panel Discussion with professional panel moderator Kristin Arnold.
This first video focuses on what a panel is...and is not.
A panel discussion is a specific format used in a meeting, conference or convention. It is a live or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives in front of a larger audience.
The panel is typically facilitated by a "moderator" who guides the panel and the audience through the event.
The panel, typically 3-4 experts or practitioners in the field, shares facts, offers opinions and responds to audience questions either through questions curated by the moderator or taken from the audience directly.
The panel session typically lasts for 60-90 minutes.
A panel discussion is NOT:
A set of presentations, one after another.
A one-on-one interview with each panelist.
Just Q\u0026A from the audience.
A roundtable discussion.
Not that any of these formats are bad; they are different than and an alternative to a panel discussion. Just call it like you see it, be it a panel, presentation, interview or forum.
Use a panel when you believe the group of panelists will generate something more interesting than any one individual panel member could generate on his/her own.
You can find out more about how to moderate a lively and informative panel discussion at www.PowerfulPanels.com
Award-winning author Kristin Arnold is an expert in the area of leading workplace teams. As a high stakes meeting facilitator, keynote speaker, and professional panel moderator, Kristin has worked with over a hundred different organizations, three hundred different teams, and presented to over a half a million people around the world on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, critical thinking and teamwork. Just visit www.extraordinaryteam.com for more information!
As the past President of the National Speakers Association of the United States (2010-11) and one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Kristin brings 20 years of practical team building experience to your audience. She has worked with small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and is equally adept on the shop floor as she is in the executive boardroom.
She is considered to be the foremost expert on moderating panel discussions as well as author of five books including the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action. She is also a contributing author to myriad other team-based books such as The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation.
Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator, and high stakes meeting facilitator is on a crusade to make all panel discussions informative, interactive, and interesting - and to help YOU become a better panel moderator.
Why? Because 95% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all! Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk in and see the traditional draped head-table with microphones on short stands. There are sooooo many other ways to have a stimulating conversation! So let's increase the probability of success for your next panel discussion with these resources:
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