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Prepare to be a Brilliant Panelist with these Steps

Perhaps you’ve been asked to serve as a panelist in an upcoming panel discussion…and you may be wondering, “What do I have to do to be prepared?”

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Should You Pay Your Panelists?

Dave emailed me a most intriguing question:  “Should I pay a someone to be part of our panel?  It’s a stand alone panel which is NOT affiliated with a conference or corporate marketing campaign.”

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How to Prepare to Be a Brilliant Panelist

You just agreed to be a panelist at your organization’s annual meeting and you are wondering, “What was I thinking?”

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How to Score Great Panelists for Your Next Panel Discussion

I was talking with a meeting organizer the other day who was grousing about the usual suspects.  You know… the folks who are ALWAYS called upon to be on the panel – “legends” in the business (at least in their own mind), panel groupies who always offer to be on a panel, sponsors who need

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How Ironic: No Women on Comic Con’s Panel on Women in Comics

I see it all the time: A panel that lacks visual diversity.  It’s a bunch of middle-aged white men as panelists and no women or minorities.  In fact, there is a new term for all-male panels.  It’s a “manel” and they have gone viral via a Tumblr blog sarcastically called, Congrats! You Have an All-Male Panel.

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How Panel Moderators Can Identify Panelist (Dis)Agreement & Turn It Into Lively Discussion

A key skill of any panel moderator is to inspire conversation between the panelists. After the initial remarks (either through an initial presentation or first “hot potato question“), listen for areas of agreement or disagreement to inspire conversation.

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How to Prepare Your Panelists to be Brilliant

A recipe for panel disaster is allowing the panelists to “just show up” and expect brilliance to spring forth.  Sure, it could happen if the panelists are socially aware, have met each other before, and are willing to stay focused on the topic.  But without any preparation, it probably won’t go so well.

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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 panels are boring and don’t deliver value.  True enough….but that’s not the fault of the format – it’s the fault of the people involved.  Meeting planners choose a boring topic,

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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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10 Most Common Mistakes Panelists Make During a Panel Discussion

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 66% of the respondents had issues with the panelists being out of control.  That’s 2/3 of the people think the panelists can do a better job sharing their wisdom with the crowd.  After all, how hard can it be for a panelist to show up,

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