April 5, 2014

Take a Poll to Engage the Audience Early During Your Panel Discussion

The easiest way to engage the audience early during a panel presentation is to take a poll – especially if you don’t know the cast of characters […]
April 7, 2014

Turn Boring, Ho-Hum Panels into Lively Panel Discussions

Henry Ford (or was it Tony Robbins?) had it right:  “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”  And […]
April 9, 2014

Panel Discussion Formats: Take a Lesson from TV

You don’t have to rely on the traditional panel formats.  Instead, spice it up with a more entertaining and engaging format – and the best source […]
April 14, 2014

10 Most Common Mistakes Panelists Make During a Panel Discussion

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 66% of the respondents had issues with the panelists being out of control.  That’s 2/3 of […]
April 23, 2014

Make the Title of Your Panel Discussion Intriguing

The title of your panel discussion is your first chance to capture your audience’s attention. An intriguing title signals your intent to be lively and engaging […]
April 30, 2014

Do You Need to Have “Panel” in the Title of Your Panel Discussion?

Last week, I blogged about the importance of having an intriguing title to incite people to come to your session.  But then that got me thinking….Do […]
June 5, 2014

Should Meeting Organizers Put Panel Discussions Back to Back?

I am not a big fan of the words “never,”  “always,” everyone,” or “no one.”  They don’t leave any wiggle room for an exception to the […]
June 24, 2014

What Makes Your Panel Fascinating?

During the webinar last week on 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Panel Discussions, I recommended the new book by branding expert and leading authority on […]
July 20, 2014

Steve Forbes Claims “Audiences Love Panel Discussions!”

At the 2014 National Speakers Association (NSA) Convention, Mark Sanborn moderated the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, […]
September 2, 2014

The Anatomy of a Powerful Panel Discussion

Back in July, I had the good fortune to witness the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, CEO […]
September 15, 2014

Panel Formats of the Past and Improvements of Today

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” in the October, 1934, issue of The […]
October 15, 2014

The Future of the Panel Discussion

Every once in a while, I hear a drum beat for an end to panels at meetings, conferences and conventions.  Many of these commentaries lament that […]
November 21, 2014

How to Overcome Deathly Panel Q&A

An important aspect of every panel discussion is creating interaction with the audience – before, during and after the panel discussion.
January 20, 2015

Moderating a Panel of Your Peers – What’s Different?

This past week, I moderated two panels of my peers at the National Speakers Association’s CSP/CPAE Summit in Coral Gables, FL.  The Summit had about 80 […]
January 30, 2015

In Search of the Perfect Chair for Panel Discussions

I stumbled upon a picture of a panel recently and cringed.  The moderator and panelists are sitting on simple, four legged barstools with an itty bitty […]
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