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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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?”
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:
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
Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy.
It’s show time! It’s time to take all that planning for an amazing panel discussion and put it into action.
Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation. It really has to be a perfect storm of conditions:
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!