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:
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).
Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation. It really has to be a perfect storm of conditions:
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.