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How to Spark a More Controversial Panel Discussion

The best panels spark a little controversy, show a difference of opinion among the panelists, and for some formats, actually generate some downright heated discussions!

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What Makes Your Panel Fascinating?

During the webinar last week on 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Panel Discussions, I recommended the new book by branding expert and leading authority on the science of fascination, Sally Hogshead, How the World Sees You.  The idea is that you need to know what about you is fascinating so you can “bring it

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Do You Need to Have “Panel” in the Title of Your Panel Discussion?

Last week, I blogged about the importance of having an intriguing title to incite people to come to your session.  But then that got me thinking….Do you need to have the word “panel” in the title?  Especially since the 2014 Panel Report indicates that people don’t have high expectations of a panel discussion.  Is it

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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 instead of dull and boring. A catchy and effective title should:

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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 when it comes to panel discussions at meetings, conferences and conventions, if you always do a boring panel and don’t change the way you look at panel discussions, then

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Panel Discussions are Pervasive – So Let’s Make ‘Em Better!

For the last two days, I attended a conference in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Always nice to sleep in my own bed vs. stay in a hotel room, although the JW Marriott Camelback Inn is a delightful property with amazingly courteous staff.  The group I was with has their annual meeting there every year!

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The 2014 Panel Report: Are Panel Discussions Effective?

It's finally here! In the largest survey ever conducted about panel discussions, 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners shared their frustrations about the panel format.  “The Panel Report: A 2014 Snapshot on the Effectiveness of Panel Discussions at Meetings, Conferences and Conventions,” looks at the effectiveness of the format, the moderator and panelists –
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