• Panel Discussions

    Panel Discussions

  • Panel Discussions

    Panel Discussions

  • Panel Discussions

    Panel Discussions

  • Panel Discussions

    Panel Discussions

A panel discussion typically consists of 3 or more speakers sitting behind a table at the front of the room, sometimes with a moderator and sometimes without. Panel discussions may include visual elements, such as projecting slides or a movie on a screen, or it can be exclusively focused on audio with microphones and speakers.

One of the most significant variables in a panel discussion is the volume and sound quality of the speakers – our team calls this “presenter voice” vs “panel discussion voice”. For example, one common scenario is a session with several presentations followed by a Q&A discussion in a panel format. For whatever reason, presenters often use a stronger, louder voice while presenting and then drop to a more timid, softer voice when speaking in a panel discussion. In addition, vocal characteristics vary between the presenters on stage: some voices are naturally harder to hear and other project and carry well in any space. Additionally, panelists often sit back and move forward in their chairs, thereby getting further and closer to the mic, and change the default volume. With these variables in mind, it is important to understand why panel discussion often have poor sound quality and how to solve these challenges.

At Breakout Audio Visual, to address the challenges of panel discussions we have recently started implementing a proprietary system called Spectrapulse Wireless Boundary Microphones. We have found that the capabilities of Spectrapulse mics are greater at picking up the varying levels of panelist communications and they are virtually interference free and secure. To be clear, the increased quality of Spectrapulse mic systems often commands a higher cost but the significant improvement in the panelist and audience experience is well worth the difference in price.

“Kurt, thank you so much for all the help and support you gave during and before the summit. The sounds, screens, and everything else went fabulously smooth. Your help really made the 2015 Summit a class event! Really looking forward to working with you again next year!”
R.