“Rapid fire panel discussion sounds much more sexy than [boring] panel discussion, doesn’t it? I admit, I was intrigued with the title when I stumbled upon the description of TSX Ignite’s “Information-Dense, Rapid-Fire Panel Discussions.“
I was talking with a CEO of a rather large association about speaking at an upcoming convention when I mentioned that I also moderate panel discussions. She replied, “You know, I’m not a huge fan of panels.” Upon further questioning, she said, “It all boils down to the moderator, and most of them just don’t know
Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions In a survey we conducted in 2014 of over 500 executives and meeting professionals, we asked, “What’s your absolute, biggest pet peeve” when it comes to panel discussions?
I’m always on the lookout for a smart, brisk panel discussion format, so I was delighted to witness Michael Wilkinson, Managing Director of Leadership Strategies moderate a 90-minute panel on Accelerated Growth Strategies for the ISA-Association of Learning Providers.
Ian Cleary runs razorsocial.com, is an expert in social media tools, and speaks at various conferences. He has attended several panel discussions, he is frequently asked to be a panelist, and has even moderated a few.
I inhale just about everything on the web about panel discussions – the good, the bad, and the ugly. With 197 million entries on “how to moderate a panel,” I thought I would cull out the best advice from the top panel moderator/bloggers on the subject of panel discussions.
You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you know the first few moments will make or break the success of the session. Typically, you’ll kick it off with welcoming comments, an overview of the process and your role, as well as panelist introductions. You do this in order to connect the audience with the topic and the
I was chatting with Dutch Driver, a colleague from the early days of facilitation (we actually used a listserv to communicate!), about the power of asking a thought-provoking question during a panel discussion. It’s really the Socratic Method at it’s best!
Your audience can get really annoyed when the moderator doesn’t manage time well during a panel discussion. All it takes is for the moderator to take a smidge more time with opening remarks, the panelists introductions and/or presentations to go on a little longer, or the panelists to take forever to answer a question, before the
"Panels can be deadly dull, but they don’t have to be.
Panel Improvement Evangelist Kristin Arnold tells you
how you can make them much, much better."
Sue Pelletier, MeetingsNet Magazine.
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