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Engaging Panel Discussion Format & When Panelists Go Off-Topic

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:

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How to Co-Moderate a Panel Discussion

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:

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How Panel Moderators Can Ace the Art of Follow-up Questions

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:

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How to Start a Panel Discussion to Ensure Panelist Success

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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Pop the Cork Technique for Audience Q&A

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).

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12 Tips to Moderate a Panel Discussion that Flows Naturally

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:

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Master the Art of Multitasking as a Panel Moderator

Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy.

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Panel Moderator Checklist for Right Before the Panel Discussion

It’s show time!  It’s time to take all that planning for an amazing panel discussion and put it into action.

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How ComicCon Panel Moderators Keep a Panel from Getting Stale

San Diego ComicCon is the ultimate panel discussion event of the year.  Packing Hall H with over 6,500 people (many of whom stand in line overnight) to hear from their favorite actors, programs, and authors.  What’s even more crazy is that the panel format is the dominant session format!  Who knew panels were so attractive

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8 Different Styles of Panel Moderators

What kind of panel moderator are you?

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