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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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Panel Discussion Format: “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank”

You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank” format.

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Unique Panel Discussion Format to Boost Excitement

Brian Walter, Founder of Extreme Meetings shares this unique format that will seriously grab the attention of your entire organization:

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Peer-Based, Impromptu Panel Discussion Format

At Connect Marketplace 2017, I was talking with Matt Dadey about an innovative panel format he experienced at the World Education Congress.  They had three panels that occurred throughout the one-hour session – with NO pre-selected panelists!  Matt explained, “None of it was pre-planned which is pretty much a planner’s dream come true!  Locking down

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How to Let the Audience Drive the Panel Discussion

Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation.  It really has to be a perfect storm of conditions:

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Turn a Panel Discussion into a Debate Using this Classic Debate Format

Everyone loves a good debate -especially if there is a strong sense of an even-handed process facilitated by a skilled moderator, there are opportunities for the audience to get involved in the conversation, AND that they get to vote as to who wins!

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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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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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