Congratulations! You have moderated an amazingly successful panel discussion. You met the panel objectives, delivered on the promise, made the panelists look like heroes and the audience received tremendous value. But it’s not over…yet.
It’s almost showtime! 45-60 minutes before the panel discussion is to start, the panel moderator and the panelists should meet each other face to face for about 15 minutes. If a panelist cannot attend, you should make other arrangements to get together onsite prior to the panel. The point of this meet-up is to make sure
This week at IMEX America in Las Vegas, I was speaking about how to make your panel discussions go from boring to bravo. Before the session began, a meeting professional said, “I’m not a big fan of panels. They are just too boring.”
The typical panel consists of seven elements: Welcome Panelist introductions Panelist presentations/initial comments Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists Questions from the audience directed to a panelist(s) Summary Thank you/administrative remarks
I was having a great conversation with Mark Milroy, CAE, Vice President of Learning at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. He has seen ALOT of panel proposals come through his office – most of which say, “I’ll put great people on the panel and make it interesting for the audience. We’ll use humor, stories, and have
Harry A. Overstreet, an American Educator who was the first to write about the panel process said, “No one, under any circumstances, is to rise and make a speech. To do so will be the one unforgivable offense!” So don’t let them give a speech at a panel discussion!
A conference organizer recently emailed, “Unfortunately the fact that most people (certainly in our market) don’t have a high regard for panel discussions is one of the main reasons we never do them at our conferences.”