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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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How Panel Moderators Can Keep Conversation Moving During a Panel Discussion

If you have prepared the panelists appropriately and kicked the panel discussion off well, the conversation will start to flow on its own and the panelists won’t be coming back to you for ping-pongs or hot potatoes.  However, you may need to interject here and there to keep the conversation moving at a brisk pace. 

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How to Facilitate Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

At some point during a panel discussion, the panel moderator will turn to the audience and ask for questions.  Most folks call this “Audience Q&A” where the moderator takes questions from the audience via text, question card, open microphone, or Oprah-style, depending on the event.

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How Panel Moderators Can Deal with Lame Audience Questions

Ugh.  Sometimes, someone from the audience asks a lame question in a panel discussion.  As the panel moderator OR a panelist, I believe you have two options:

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