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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) need to know that they are in good hands.

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Pop the Cork Technique for Audience Q&A

I just inhaled Chip and Dan Heath’s new book: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary Impact – primarily for the insights into our ability to create magical moments for our customers, our colleagues, friends and family (you can read my review here).

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Prepare to be a Brilliant Panelist with these Steps

Perhaps you’ve been asked to serve as a panelist in an upcoming panel discussion…and you may be wondering, “What do I have to do to be prepared?”

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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 keep the keep the conversation lively and informative:

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Peer-Based, Impromptu Panel Discussion Format

At Connect Marketplace 2017, I was talking with Matt Dadey about an innovative panel format he experienced at the World Education Congress.  They had three panels that occurred throughout the one-hour session – with NO pre-selected panelists!  Matt explained, “None of it was pre-planned which is pretty much a planner’s dream come true!  Locking down

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CONNECT Conference Takeaways from a Social Media Manager

Greetings from a guest blogger! After a few years of taking the steering wheel to manage Kristin Arnold’s social media and online reputation, it’s time to introduce myself and to write a bit on the blog. What a better time than after the CONNECT Marketplace conference where I saw Kristin Arnold in action. My name

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Master the Art of Multitasking as a Panel Moderator

Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy.

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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.

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How to Let the Audience Drive the Panel Discussion

Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation.  It really has to be a perfect storm of conditions:

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Turn a Panel Discussion into a Debate Using this Classic Debate Format

Everyone loves a good debate -especially if there is a strong sense of an even-handed process facilitated by a skilled moderator, there are opportunities for the audience to get involved in the conversation, AND that they get to vote as to who wins!

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