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How to Play Referee as a Panel Moderator: When the Hot Topic Gets Too Hot

There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!

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How to Use Twitter During a Panel Discussion

Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you’re thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion.  Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right?  Just project the twitter feed where you show ONLY the tweets with the designated meeting hashtag and then you just pull comments off the feed!

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Panel Moderators: Open Your Panel Discussion with these 5 Elements

Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion?  Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?

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3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session all the time.

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Criteria for a Successful Panel Discussion

I’ve been talking to a gaggle (which is not quite a google) of meeting planners over the last several years about what makes a panel discussion successful.

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The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion.  The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves and with the panelists.

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Panelist Orientation: What Every Moderator Needs to Tell Their Panelists

Never, ever assume that your panelists have served on a panel discussion. Confirm these details to make sure they are clear about the expectations and comfortable with their role: 

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Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB.  Not only was it an excellent conversation, but several people had asked me about the process I used.

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Give Chocolate to Inspire Discussion

At a recent panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation Conference in New Orleans, LA, the panel moderator wanted to encourage audience members to share their “failures” in commercializing innovation. Not an easy task to get people to ‘fess up’ in front of their peers.

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Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I called Jane Stevens, founder of ACEs Connection Network and panel moderator of the session on “Trauma-informed and Resilience-building Communities: The Journey of ACEs Heroes” at the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) conference.

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