Kristin J. Arnold

High Stakes Meeting Facilitator, Mainstage Conversationalist and Panel Moderator

Kristin J. Arnold

High Stakes Meeting Facilitator, Mainstage Conversationalist and Panel Moderator


Kristin Arnold will present a challenging topic to her audience: ”Keep moving. Don’t Settle! Leadership Challenges at USCG.


As a speaker, Kristin Arnold creates collaborative conversations at the intersection of a presentation and facilitation. Her unique background and personality have enabled her to break the safe, traditional “professional speaker” mold, preferring instead to work as a “mainstage conversationalist”, engaging and involving the audience in shaping the content. Regardless of the size of group, large or small, Kristin will enable your audience to think differently by invoking relevant, timely insights applicable to real world issues.

As a high stakes meeting facilitator, professional panel moderator and keynote speaker, Kristin has worked with thousands of senior executives, project managers and team leaders in North America. With over two decades of experience facilitating and training teams in the work place, she has worked with over a hundred different organizations, three hundred different teams, and presented to over a half a million people around the world.

Her most requested programs include:

  • What Were You Thinking? Making Smart Decisions in a VUCA World
  • Innovate or Die! Mining the 7 Sources of Innovation for Your Next Big Breakthrough
  • Name That Tune! Turn What Matters Most In To Action
  • Team Player or Spectator? How to Get Everyone in the Game
  • So What? Now What? Maximize your Convention ROI
  • Panel Moderation
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Executive Roundtables/Mastermind Groups

As one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy and the first woman stationed on board a sea-going buoy tender, Kristin learned early on about working with others.  In 1990, she became one of the first USCG facilitators – and made every mistake one could!  Frustrated, she avidly researched this nascent skill called “facilitation” and found herself training a cadre of internal facilitators.  By 1992, companies were asking her to teach their people how to facilitate and lead teams!  Since then, she has been sharing her concrete approach to teambuilding with a treasure trove of practical concepts, tools and techniques her clients can apply immediately to see positive, substantive results.

Kristin’s passion for teams is reflected in her writing, speaking, facilitation and consulting.  She is an award-winning author of Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audiences to Action and several books in the Extraordinary Team Series (Team Basics, Email Basics and Team Energizers).  Her latest book, Powerful Panels, was written to raise the level of performance of panels at meetings, conferences and conventions.

Featured in numerous publications such as Harvard Business Update, USA Today, Selling Power, Kristin knows what it takes to lead, facilitate and participate on high performing teams.  She was President of the National Speakers Association of the United States (2010-2011) and served as a National Director from 2005 to 2012.  She also served as President of the Downtown Hampton (Virginia) Development Partnership (2001-2), a nonprofit business organization attributed to turning Downtown Hampton from a quaint, sleepy town to a thriving entertainment, retail and residential center.  She retired from the USCG Reserves in 2002 as a Lieutenant Commander.

Kristin is on the Executive Development Faculty in the Schulich Executive Education Centre in Toronto, specializing in Leadership Through Teambuilding.

She has achieved two of the highest designations available within each of her core competencies:

  • Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association (2002)
  • Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) from the International Association of Facilitators (2002)

She is also certified to administer several assessment tools that assist people in determining their thinking styles, personality preferences and management effectiveness (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Kolbe™, Human Synergistics’ Group Styles Inventory™ and Organizational Culture® Inventory).

When Kristin is not working with teams of people, she hangs out with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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