Ugh. Sometimes, someone from the audience asks a lame question in a panel discussion. As the panel moderator OR a panelist, I believe you have two options:
I am often asked, “When do I NEED to use microphones during my 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?
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.
Last week, I moderated a panel discussion on “risk assessment” – a potentially boring topic – but it wasn’t boring at all! Why? Because I involved the audience from the get-go and focused the conversation on what they knew and what they needed to know.
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.
Note: This is part three of a three part series on Theater-in-the-Round. Today, the focus is on having a panel-in-the-round. Enjoy! While theater-in-the-round is a unique audience-centered seating arrangement, it is all the more challenging in which to have a robust panel discussion.
“Rapid fire panel discussion sounds much more sexy than [boring] panel discussion, doesn’t it? I admit, I was intrigued with the title when I stumbled upon the description of TSX Ignite’s “Information-Dense, Rapid-Fire Panel Discussions.“
I’m always on the lookout for a smart, brisk panel discussion format, so I was delighted to witness Michael Wilkinson, Managing Director of Leadership Strategies moderate a 90-minute panel on Accelerated Growth Strategies for the ISA-Association of Learning Providers.
You walk into the room and see a traditional seating set-up for your panel discussion: White draped table at the front on a podium, theater-style with two columns of chairs, with a path down the middle. The overhead screen is at the front in the middle of the room. Looks pretty good, right?