October 19, 2017

How to Start a Panel Discussion to Ensure Panelist Success

The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical.  Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do.  The audience (and panelists) […]
September 20, 2017

12 Tips to Moderate a Panel Discussion that Flows Naturally

One of the panel moderator’s most important responsibilities is to keep the conversation flowing naturally.  Like a good talk show host, here are 12 tips to […]
August 31, 2017

Master the Art of Multitasking as a Panel Moderator

Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy.
August 23, 2017

Panel Moderator Checklist for Right Before the Panel Discussion

It’s show time!  It’s time to take all that planning for an amazing panel discussion and put it into action.
July 5, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Keep Conversation Moving During a Panel Discussion

If you have prepared the panelists appropriately and kicked the panel discussion off well, the conversation will start to flow on its own and the panelists […]
June 29, 2017

How to Facilitate Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

At some point during a panel discussion, the panel moderator will turn to the audience and ask for questions.  Most folks call this “Audience Q&A” where […]
June 20, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Deal with Lame Audience Questions

Ugh.  Sometimes, someone from the audience asks a lame question in a panel discussion.  As the panel moderator OR a panelist, I believe you have two […]
June 8, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Help Meeting Planners in Event Promotion

It’s sad, but true.  No one really thinks about the panel moderator during the marketing and promotion process.  Although the panel moderator is not directly responsible for […]
May 31, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Intervene Firmly and Respectfully

As the moderator, you are the audience’s chief advocate.  If someone’s boring you, then chances are they are boring the audience as well.  If you think […]
May 24, 2017

Audience and Panelist Engagement AFTER the Panel Discussion

So what happens AFTER the panel discussion?  People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question.  What about everyone else?  What if they want […]
May 10, 2017

Panel Moderator Research Tip: Find “Dead Space” in Your Topic

When doing your research in preparation for your panel discussion, find “the dead space” in the topic.
May 3, 2017

“Turn the Tables” in a Debate-Style Panel Discussion Format

PCMA recently highlighted an unusual debate-style panel format conducted at the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers’ (IAPCO) Annual Meeting in Dubai in February.
April 27, 2017

Executives: Shift Your Presentation to a Panel Discussion

At some point in their professional development, most executives learn how to give a speech.  They are able to share information with their investors, stakeholders, employees […]
April 19, 2017

Panel Moderators: Tell Your Face to Smile!

As a panel discussion expert, I am always on the lookout for new ideas, formats, and styles.  So I’ve set up some Google Alerts to let […]
April 12, 2017

Panel Moderators: What to Do When Your Panelists Hate Each Other

I’ve talked about the importance of picking “DEEP” panelists – Diverse, Experienced, Eloquent, and Prepared.  But what happens if those panelists don’t get along?
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