February 14, 2018

WHEN Should Panelists Know the Questions in Advance?

I was moderating a panel discussion this week when an audience member approached me afterward and asked, “Did the panelists know the questions in advance?”
February 23, 2018

Cooking Up the Perfect Panel Discussion

Moderating a panel discussion is much like baking. It requires a great recipe and a bit of preparation for a successful outcome. Some elements will need […]
February 27, 2018

Poll the Panelists to Start a Panel Discussion

I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to start a panel discussion. Sometimes, the panel moderator will poll the audience to get a baseline for […]
March 7, 2018

American Idol Hot Seat Panel Discussion Format

American Idol is back, and what a great example of the “hot seat format” for a panel discussion!  On “American Idol,” the expert judges are the […]
March 20, 2018

Close a Panel Discussion with a Rant

Here’s a fun way to end your panel discussion:  it’s the thirty-second rant.
March 29, 2018

Panel Discussion Technique: Question Behind the Question

Here’s a panel discussion tip for panelists from the Founder of Extreme Meetings, Brian Walter.  He calls it “the question behind the question” – a technique […]
April 9, 2018

“If There is a Hell, It Would Be a Panel Discussion”

I recently noticed a tweet that said, “If there is a hell, it would be a panel discussion.”
April 9, 2018

Hot Seat Question Panel Discussion Format

When the panel discussion consists of the top executives from the organization, it may be a bit difficult to inspire tough, provocative questions from the audience.
April 20, 2018

Panel Discussion Case Study: The Programmatic Punch

Here’s the challenge: A full day of panels discussing “Programmatic Trading” with intense topics such as blockchain, compensation for ad fraud, and other detailed discussions.
April 24, 2018

When Does a Panel Moderator Question Go Too Far?

This week, during a reunion panel of Scarface actors, the moderator, Jesse Kornbluth, asked a controversial question to Michelle Pfeiffer (who, BTW, I absolutely adore!).
April 26, 2018

Not Your Traditional Audience Q&A

You’re conflicted.  As a panel moderator, you WANT to involve the audience. You know that it is important and you want to keep people interested, but […]
May 2, 2018

Try the Improv Technique to Spice Up a Panel Discussion

In Tina Fey’s bestselling book, Bossypants, Fey shares, “the first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required […]
May 9, 2018

Panelists: Use this Trick to Answer a Panel Discussion Question

Panelists, what do you do when you are the LAST person to answer the same question all the other panelists answered already?
May 14, 2018

Panel Discussion Format Case Study: Panelist Competition

Today’s guest blog is brought to you by  Jan-Jaap In der Maur. Jan-Jaap is a meeting-moderator and facilitator, owner and founder of Mastersinmoderation.com, and a keynote speaker on […]
May 22, 2018

Engage the Audience with the Agree/Disagree Game

Want to break up a rather mundane panel discussion?  Try polling the panelists!
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