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How to moderate the Best Crypto Panel ever; Tips for a highly engaging panel that your audience will love

How to moderate the Best Crypto Panel ever; Tips for a highly engaging panel that your audience will love

On Friday at the America's Blockchain Summit, the Future of Blockchain panel featured Rowan Stone from privacy coin and dapp platform Horizen, Mark Jeffrey from decentralized emergency response platform Guardian Circle and Randy Hilarski from Aesop Social. What surprised me was that we got lots of feedback from the audience about how they particularly appreciated the lively nature of our panel.

As moderator of the panel, I thought I'd share a few details on things that went well, plus some additional ideas I had afterwards, and I hope that this may help other crypto panel moderators and conference organizers.

When a panel goes well, the audience really benefits from the expertise and contrasting perspectives of the different panelists. They also appreciate the energy of the interplay between the panelists, the moderator and the audience, which can make the sessions a lot more interesting than regular conference talks by just one person.

Here are a few tips that worked for us:

  • Tip 1: Let the panelists do most of their personal intro's rather than the moderator and start off with that. Have them keep the intro's brief but with enough content so that the audience understands why the panelists might have great advice and perspective to share.

Photo: Rowan Stone, Horizen, courtesy of America’s Blockchain Summit

- Tip 2: Here's an idea: for each panel you moderate, try out 2 ways to engage the audience. One thing I did was ask for a show of hands of which people are entrepreneurs or helping build a business or hope to create a business in the future. Hint: that's almost everybody in many countries. And then I also asked for a show of hands for which people were thinking about or trying to figure out how they might use blockchain in their current or future business. Again, that's going to be a high percentage at a blockchain conference. The neat thing there is not just that people get to do a little physical exercise by raising their hands -- they also get to see that they have something in common with the people around them. 

Now, a question to avoid is: "How many people own bitcoin?", because that's like asking “who's carrying around $500 today?” Awkward. A better option could be to ask how many people have created a bitcoin wallet or crypto exchange account.

- Tip 3: If you think the audience might not understand what your panelist is talking about, don't hesitate, jump in, interrupt your panelist and explain what's going on. For example, I jumped in a couple of times during the panel. One time it was to mention what a particular blockchain project was that a panelist was talking about, because I knew that many folks in the audience did not know it. Your panelists are experts and they may forget that not all of the audience will understand the references that they make.

  • Tip 4: In preparing the panel, I came up with 4 main topics and shared those with the panelists beforehand, and I think that worked out well.

Photo: Mark Jeffrey, Guardian Circle, courtesy of America’s Blockchain Summit

- Tip 5: Preserve time for audience questions, and also try to set the audience up to actually have some questions -- it's an important metric on the success of the panel, and it's also a sign that they have been engaged in the experience. The conference organization may have a monitor screen to show you how much time is left in the session. You could clarify with them whether that number includes the time left for audience questions or not.

  • Tip 6: During the panel, you can call on particular panelists to answer a question or address a particular topic first, to make sure there is a good balance between time and content amongst the different panelists. Some may speak longer to explain a concept, and different panelists can have different levels of expertise in the points you're addressing.

Adrian Scott, Freedom Stack / Zooch!, courtesy of America’s Blockchain Summit

- Tip 7: A couple of extra bonus points: How about having a slide that's on during the panel that includes the social media handles and/or web sites for your panelists and moderator. That gives the audience a way to continue the experience beyond the conference, and also gives the panelists some marketing value. And here's another thought: You could also prepare an extra slide or two mentioning a chart or trend that could be displayed during the panel for your panelists to address. That will provide some extra visual variety for the audience, adding another dimension to the experience.

I'd like to thank the panelists who joined me on Friday in making the panel a success, Rowan Stone from Horizen, Mark Jeffrey from Guardian Circle and Randy Hilarski from Aesop Social, and thank you to the organizer, David Proenza, his team and the audience at the Americas Blockchain Summit in Panama.

Adrian Scott is founder of Freedom Stack Ltd., creator of the Zooch! mobile app. He blogs at www.adrianscott.com. He was founding investor in Napster, pioneered social networking with his startup Ryze, and is former CTO of two crypto projects. He can be reached on Twitter and Instagram at @AdrianScottcom.

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SoftBank CEO believes bitcoin will be useful in the future but “not any time soon“

SoftBank CEO believes bitcoin will be useful in the future but “not any time soon“

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  • Crypto adoption is on the rise recently since the leading cryptocurrency of bitcoin has been doing the rounds when it comes to bullish momentum. 
  • But not everyone yet understands fully what bitcoin is or how it works. 

Crypto adoption is on the rise recently since the leading cryptocurrency of bitcoin has been doing the rounds when it comes to bullish momentum. But not everyone yet understands fully what bitcoin is or how it works. 

There are numerous videos and articles out there that explain it but some people will leave those articles and videos more confused than when they started!

This is a sentiment that is being shown in numerous institutional investors such as Masayoshi Son, who is the billionaire technology entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank, a conglomerate institution based in Japan. He has said that he doesn’t “understand“ bitcoin as it rises significantly in its value.

Son has said that bitcoin investment is seemingly pulling his attention away from his actual own business according to a report from business insider last week on the 19th of November.

He added that he would spend five minutes every day watching the price of bitcoin go up and down highlighting that he was told by a friend to invest 1% of his personal assets into the coin. Quick maths shows that this is around $200 million.

When discussing the future of digital currency, the CEO said that digital currencies will be useful in the future and are great for development but it will take time and they won’t go anywhere any time soon.

“I think digital currency will be useful [...] But I don't know what digital currency, what structure, and so on.”

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As it grows, how much ground will XRP cover next year?

As it grows, how much ground will XRP cover next year?

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  • Is 2021 XRP’s year?
  • How adoption will result in the success of the token.

Timothy Peterson, the well-known advocate for bitcoin and manager of global macro, believes that the San Francisco-based XRP token will have its best year in 2021 since 2017. 

As previously reported earlier this week, Peterson has recently said:

“I know it doesn’t look like much but this is $XRP lowest price forward. I think people will be surprised at $Ripple’s performance in 2021. It will probably have its best year since 2017 and maybe outperform #Bitcoin.”

As many people will already be aware, the success for ripple and its token will all depend on adoption by financial institutions. They have developed numerous new products such as rippleX in order to help facilitate a seamless transaction on the decentralised ecosystem for the network. But for the tokens targeted market, only 2% of financial institutions are actually willing to use it.

The Chief Technical Officer of Ripple, David Schwartz has previously said that there are numerous obstacles that prevent adoption for the token some of which include problems with regulation. That being said, well-known traders and investors at Galaxy trading have said that the asset is proven to be resilient.

“Although it is perhaps one of the most disliked projects, it has more than once shown its aggressive nature at a time when no one is expecting it.”

They see that the coin is capable of sparking by 10 times its current price as they say:

“We believe that this moment is very close and since catching the exact bottom is something very unpredictable, our advice to all who want to invest is to start buying at these “golden” levels of support where 10X can become a reality.”

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The benefits of Ethereum 2.0 will come sooner rather than later according to Vitalik Buterin

The benefits of Ethereum 2.0 will come sooner rather than later according to Vitalik Buterin

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  • Vitalik Buterin, has recently answered a number of questions from the community as a part of a “ask me anything“ session on Reddit. 
  • The co-founder highlighted many different topics but specifically said that he expects some significant and noticeable network improvements to come for the project sooner rather than later. 

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of one of the biggest crypto projects in the industry known as Ethereum has recently answered a number of questions from the community as a part of a “ask me anything“ session on Reddit. The co-founder highlighted many different topics but specifically said that he expects some significant and noticeable network improvements to come for the project sooner rather than later. He further said:

“TLDR: merge happens faster, PoS happens faster, you get your juicy 100k TPS faster.”

Over the years, the network for Ethereum has experienced some significant rounds of high congestion. Three years ago in 2017, the popular CryptoKitties game slowed down the network massively but with the decentralised finance space growing rapidly, the network has been seriously clogged up.

As a result of this, it has led to high fees and longer than average confirmation times.

With Ethereum 2.0 very much just around the corner, there is a significant scaling upgrade solution that is supposedly going to speed up the network rapidly. This will increase the number of transactions per second and it will also move the blockchain to a different consensus algorithm known as a proof of stake. Phase 0 for the upgrade is set to occur on the 1st of December in two weeks!

The co-founder further went on to say that “all of these changes are designed to decrease the time until eth2 becomes useful to people.” 

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The second richest man in Mexico invest 10% of his portfolio into BTC

The second richest man in Mexico invest 10% of his portfolio into BTC

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  • Ricardo Salinas Pliego is the second wealthiest businessman in Mexico and the 166th richest man in the world. 
  • It was recently announced last week that he has invested 10% of his liquid portfolio into the leading cryptocurrency, bitcoin. 

Ricardo Salinas Pliego is the second wealthiest businessman in Mexico and the 166th richest man in the world. It was recently announced last week that he has invested 10% of his liquid portfolio into the leading cryptocurrency, bitcoin. This came after he shared a video throwing huge amounts of paper money into the garbage. Not only does it show how worthless the government-issued cash is in today’s world but it also shows how important digital assets such as bitcoin could become.

Furthermore, the video indicates the hyperinflation and how bad it got in Venezuela.

Ricardo is worth more than $11 billion at the time of writing and is the only billionaire from Mexico who seems to have benefited from the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis that has come as a result.

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