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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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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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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 90-minute panel on Accelerated Growth Strategies for the ISA-Association of Learning Providers.

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Catchbox: How to Use the Audience Engaging Event Technology Tool at Your Next Conference or Panel Discussion

I’m a HUGE fan of Catchbox, a throwable microphone that I use (almost) all the time for audience Q&A during interviews and panel discussions.

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How to Keep the Audience Engaged During A Panel with One Simple Trick

I was talking with Tim Mathy at SpeakInc about a panel he was on that “flowed amazingly well.”

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Spice Up Your Next Panel Discussion with the Newlywed Game!

I’m always on the look-out for unique ways to spice up a panel discussion – and most of them seemed to be based on TV games or reality shows.  Imagine my surprise when Mary Foley shared a technique akin to “The Newlywed Game” to kick off a panel she moderated at last week’s National Speakers Association

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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:

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