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Extreme Panels: Surprisingly Unique Formats for Asking & Getting Answers from Panelists with Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

NSA-Arizona Program March 9, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.; networking 8:00 a.m.
Presentations: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: NSA Conference Center, 1500 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

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Early Registration (until 5 p.m. Mar. 6, 2018): $37/members, $52 guests
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Extreme Panels: Surprisingly Unique Formats for Asking & Getting Answers from Panelists

with Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE, Immediate Past President of NSA

Panels are lame. Except when they’re not. But a panel experience that audiences actually rave about is as rare as a unicorn sighting. To craft an Extreme Panel, speakers need to know both what you are trying to AVOID (repetition, sameness, platitudes, rambling, dearth of content audience members don’t already know)…and what you want (panelists "spilling" in a compelling way).

In Extreme Panels, on March 9th, Brian will vividly showcase for NSA-Arizona members and guests 15+ formats for asking questions to panelists in unexpected ways, while also structuring how the panelists’ responses are delivered.

Extreme Panel formats include:

  • Would You Rather polling
  • Lightning Round
  • Yes, no, maybe
  • One breath wonders
  • Next week, next month, next year tips
  • Hot Seat (make panelists squirm)

But wait, there’s more. Brian will demonstrate every format (as well as the importance of panel member “types”) with a star-studded diverse panel from our very own NSA-Arizona chapter. So you will get the Double Benefit of experiencing the Extreme Panel formats while ALSO hearing great answers about your speaking business from:

  • Kristin Arnold, CSP, Past national NSA President
  • Pamela Jett, CSP
  • Damian Mason, CSP

During this program you will learn how to:

  1. Jump start a panel discussion (give audience members hope instead of despair)
  2. Create and sustain exciting variety in questioning formats that generate truly insightful answers
  3. Transform audience members from information recipients to participants

Brian Walter is the co-founder of Extreme Meetings Inc—providing customized infotainment to make meetings memorable. For over 25 years, he has specialized in transforming meetings from boring to exciting.

Building on a degree in Communications from UCLA, Brian has been an advertising director, award-winning television and radio commercial producer, management trainer, consulting firm marketing director, freelance video producer, copywriter, speaker, internal communications director, and adjunct college professor at Seattle Pacific University.

He’s repeatedly delivered for this-had-better-be-great-or-else clients like Microsoft, Starbucks, Genentech, T-Mobile, Costco, BECU, Roche, the American Payroll Association, AAA, the University of Washington, UMass Memorial Health Care, and Bank of Hawaii.


Pamela Jett, CSP

Candidates, are you ready to jump-start your speaking career?

The NSA-Arizona chapter has implemented a new and improved Candidate educational program. These sessions are a benefit INCLUDED with your Candidate program as long as you attend the monthly chapter meeting. Each interactive session will follow the monthly meeting and feature one of our chapter's expert speakers sharing tips and answering questions about your most important concerns. As a Candidate you will have opportunities to participate and practice your skills by becoming a facilitator for a session, sharing your successes or being highlighted in a monthly showcase.

Candidate sessions will follow our monthly chapter meetings and will run from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm. Plan to attend our monthly meetings and stay for ALL six sessions. There will be prizes at the end for those with perfect attendance. This program is designed for you and by you, based on concerns and topics of interest gathered from Candidates. You can't get this kind of personal coaching and instruction anywhere else!

Are you ready for Session Five of our 2018-2019 Candidate Program? Join us from 12:15-1:30 p.m. immediately after the regular chapter meeting.

You will have many takeaways that will help you jump-start your path to success! Make sure to register for the monthly meeting so you can attend the Candidate session. See you March 9th!

  • You must be a Candidate member and attend the regular chapter meeting in order to attend the Candidate Program monthly training.

Make sure to mention in the comment box that you’re attending the Candidate session when you register.


Leverage the power and knowledge of the NSA-Arizona Professional Member community

Facilitated by Belinda Goodrich

Join your peers as we develop tangible action items cultivated from the material presented during the monthly meeting.

Accountability, brainstorming, and creative thinking lead to the tactical implementation of business-generation ideas!

Join us in the break room from 12:15-1:30 p.m. immediately after the regular chapter meeting.

Attendance at the Professional Opportunity is included for Professionals in the meeting registration.

Join us for this outstanding program!

To register for this meeting, please follow prepayment procedures.
Prepayment Procedures: To streamline check-in at monthly meetings, the board requires that you prepay for your meeting attendance.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NSA-Arizona events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to NSA-Arizona’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes.

Thank you to the NSA-Arizona Program Committee: Stephanie Angelo, chair.

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