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Audience and Panelist Engagement AFTER the Panel Discussion

So what happens AFTER the panel discussion?  People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question.  What about everyone else?  What if they want to keep talking, but as in most cases, the room needs to be “turned” during the break?

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“Turn the Tables” in a Debate-Style Panel Discussion Format

PCMA recently highlighted an unusual debate-style panel format conducted at the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers’ (IAPCO) Annual Meeting in Dubai in February.

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Executives: Shift Your Presentation to a Panel Discussion

At some point in their professional development, most executives learn how to give a speech.  They are able to share information with their investors, stakeholders, employees and customers in a compelling way.

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Panel Moderators: What to Do When Your Panelists Hate Each Other

I’ve talked about the importance of picking “DEEP” panelists – Diverse, Experienced, Eloquent, and Prepared.  But what happens if those panelists don’t get along?

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When Is a Panel Discussion NOT a Panel Discussion?

Picture this:  A conference program proclaiming a “panel discussion of thought leaders.”  A room set with a lectern and four black wrought-iron bar stools.  An audience expecting a panel discussion….

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Seven Typical Tasks in a Panel Discussion

  The typical panel discussion consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience.  Tees up the topic and explains why it is a timely and important topic to discuss in this format (whatever format that might be!). Introductions. The panelists are introduced to the audience – either the moderator introduces them or they

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3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session all the time.

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Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB.  Not only was it an excellent conversation, but several people had asked me about the process I used.

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Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I called Jane Stevens, founder of ACEs Connection Network and panel moderator of the session on “Trauma-informed and Resilience-building Communities: The Journey of ACEs Heroes” at the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) conference.

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How Panel Moderators Can Manage Panelist PowerPoint Slides

I am currently preparing for a panel discussion where one panelist is insistent that she needs PowerPoint slides.  Considering that slides are usually for presentations – and the “one unforgivable offense” is to rise and give a presentation, I am loathing to entertain her request.  Panels should focus on the discussion and interaction between panelists and

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