I am attending a national convention that is using an innovative panel discussion format that I am calling the “P-Cubed Format.” Here’s how it goes:
You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank” format.
Brian Walter, Founder of Extreme Meetings shares this unique format that will seriously grab the attention of your entire organization:
Some words of wisdom from fellow professional panel moderator, Brian Walter: If you are in charge of the panel you want to “cast for contrast.” And I am very deliberate about these words. You are “casting” a panel. You are creating a scene, a ‘panelesque,’ a movie. So you want different characters instead of everybody
Recently, I was asked to co-moderate a panel discussion with a dear friend and colleague. “Wouldn’t it be fun?” she said. Yes, it can be – and will be – because both of us recognize the benefits AND are willing to do the work:
As a panel moderator, there is a distinct art to asking follow-up questions during a panel discussion – those questions you ask to probe further into a specific aspect of the conversation. The key is to listen intently to what each panelist is saying, and where appropriate, deciding how to dig deeper into the topic:
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.
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).
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: