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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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Pop the Cork Technique for Audience Q&A

I just inhaled Chip and Dan Heath’s new book: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary Impact – primarily for the insights into our ability to create magical moments for our customers, our colleagues, friends and family (you can read my review here).

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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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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 options:

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When Should You Use Microphones During a Panel Discussion?

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

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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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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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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 the audience from the get-go and focused the conversation on what they knew and what they needed to know.

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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 all the time.

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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 seating arrangement, it is all the more challenging in which to have a robust panel discussion.

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