Panel Discussion

March 15, 2014

The Definition of a Panel Discussion

A panel discussion is a specific format used in a meeting, conference or convention.  It is a live or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst […]
March 17, 2014

Ten Panel Commandments Panelists Should Live By

My good friend and colleague, Sarah Michel, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting is the creator of the Ten Panel Commandments.  Sarah and I have known each other for years through […]
March 17, 2014

10 Common Mistakes Panel Moderators Make…And How to Avoid Them

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 72% of the respondents had issues with the moderator.  That’s 3/4 of the people […]
March 20, 2014

The Moderator’s Role in Panel Discussions

An article in the Atlantic magazine argued that panels would be better without a moderator.  Coming into “peak bad panel season,” her expectations of the myriad panels […]
March 28, 2014

Engage Your Panel Audience Early and Often

Today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction – especially during the panel discussion format.  Nothing will piss them off more than lengthy introductions, followed by […]
March 30, 2014

What’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve of a Panel Discussion?

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting professionals, I asked the question, “What’s your absolute, biggest pet peeve” about panel discussions at […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
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.
March 6, 2015

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Panels?

Is there such a thing as too many panels?  Absolutely.
May 7, 2015

Asking Your Panelists the Tough Questions: What Makes a Question Powerful?

These are tough questions to ask a high-profile political figure:
May 20, 2015

Challenging the Statement “Panels Don’t Add Value”

“Oh, we don’t use panels at our conferences,” says the meeting organizer for a well-known conference.
June 10, 2015

How Much Research Should the Panel Moderator Do?

How much research should a moderator do in preparation for a panel discussion? For some, not a lot is required because they are a seasoned moderator […]
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