October 20, 2014
Always start with the goal and objective of the event or meeting. Some meetings pair well with only one speaker at a time or one keynote speaker for the majority of the presentation. In other cases, a panel of multiple members is in line with the objective.
Sponsorship packages and showcasing executive leadership can sometimes be the leading factor in deciding whether or not to set up a panel, but at all times make sure that it is beneficial for the attendees and well-worth their time and attention.
It is not always necessary to set up a panel consisting exclusively of subject matter experts, but you will want to have at least one. Panelists with experience and confidence in public speaking are also important.
In addition to creating a diverse panel with various specialties and backgrounds, you will need a moderator. A moderator should to be skilled at keeping time during the discussion, moving things along when the answer to a question gets tied up, and keep the audience and panelists engaged.
In addition to seeking out and scheduling your panelists and moderator, you should send the questions that will be asked in advance so that everyone involved is as prepared as possible.
WinMock at Kinderton is an ideal location for conferences with ample space for panel discussions and breakout sessions. Interested in learning more about WinMock at Kinderton’s unique setting and full-service corporate event planning? Please contact Angela Carleton at AngelaC@WinMock.com or 339.397.2010.