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?
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….
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
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.
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.
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.
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
It was the last of the 2016 Presidential debates, and I was stuck in a car driving from a speaking engagement toward home. Good news is that I was able to listen over the radio. Weird, not being able to see the eye rolls and other non-verbals that are typically shown over a split screen.
I had high hopes for the second presidential debate for the 2016 election. The debate format was intended to be a “town hall” format:
I’ve been devouring Chris Anderson’s new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. In his closing comments, he says, “I’ve become convinced that tomorrow, even more than today, learning to present your ideas live to other humans will prove to be an absolutely essential skill.”