Panels can be droning, painful exercises in ego-fluffing. They can feature overbearing panelists who commandeer the discussion and cow the other panelists—and the moderators who let them—into submission. They can not only not engage the audience, but actually disengage them by ignoring them altogether. They can be, in the words of author, speaker, and panel-improvement evangelist Kristin Arnold, “horrid.” But they don’t have to be.
Though she was on her own, not leading a panel on panels during a session at Smart Monday at IMEX America in Las Vegas, Arnold engaged us in a very informative, and very fun, discussion on how to make panels a whole lot better than most of them usually are.
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