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.”
Popular television shows are great venues to look for ways to spice up your next panel program. It can be something as simple as riffing an idea from a game show (see my post on The Newlywed Game), mimicking a well known talk show or doing a takeoff on a news commentary.
It rankles me when something is advertised as one thing, and then it turns out to be something else. When a bank says, “Free Checking” only to find out it isn’t really “free.” Or when a product is touted as “new and improved” and it’s really the same formula in a new and improved package. Or
Moderating a nationally televised debate is never easy. Just ask Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, the moderators of Thursday’s first Republican Presidential Primary debate. The Fox Team agonized for weeks over the format, the questions, the logistics and details…and they should. Preparation is critical as all these little nuances set the tone