audience engagement

March 28, 2014

Engage Your Panel Audience Early and Often

Today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction – especially during the panel discussion format.  Nothing will piss them off more than lengthy introductions, followed by […]
April 5, 2014

Take a Poll to Engage the Audience Early During Your Panel Discussion

The easiest way to engage the audience early during a panel presentation is to take a poll – especially if you don’t know the cast of characters […]
July 20, 2014

Steve Forbes Claims “Audiences Love Panel Discussions!”

At the 2014 National Speakers Association (NSA) Convention, Mark Sanborn moderated the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, […]
November 21, 2014

How to Overcome Deathly Panel Q&A

An important aspect of every panel discussion is creating interaction with the audience – before, during and after the panel discussion.
June 24, 2015

How and When to Manage Audience Q&A

Questions from the audience can enrich a panel discussion or derail it, so decide ahead of time when and how you will manage questions. You can:
February 3, 2016

How to Create Audience-Centered Seating for your Panel Discussions

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 […]
March 31, 2016

Audience-Engaging, Powerful Panel Discussion Format

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 […]
April 28, 2016

The Definition of a “Rapid Fire 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 […]
June 7, 2016

How to Execute a Powerful “Panel-in-the-Round”

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 […]
January 11, 2017

3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

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 […]
March 21, 2017

Use Audience-Engagement for a Boring Panel Discussion Topic

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 […]
April 27, 2017

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 […]
May 24, 2017

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 […]
June 15, 2017

When Should You Use Microphones During a Panel Discussion?

I am often asked, “When do I NEED to use microphones during my panel discussion?”
June 20, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Deal with Lame Audience Questions

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 […]
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