I am always trolling for great ideas to add more pizzazz to your panel discussion and just stumbled on Erin L. Albert’s blog where she gave 7 Steps to a Unicorian, Utterly Unforgettable Panel Discussion. My favorite is number 5:
You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion. The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves and with the panelists.
Dr. John McLaughlin, creator and host of the political talk show,“The McLaughlin Group” died at age 89 on Wednesday.
Have you ever thought about using a “prop” to add a little pizazz to your panel discussion?
Head’s Up! Deconstruction of NSA’s Influence ’16 amazing panel discussion moderated by our very own Kate Delaney! I’ll be chatting with her this Wednesday, 8/3 at 11am ET to take a deep dive in to what she did to prepare and facilitate such a fabulous panel! You can join us at https://app.webinarjam.net/register/812/88665ec0c4
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.
As the moderator of a panel discussion, it is your job to facilitate the conversation so the audience receives tremendous value from their expertise and perspectives. You cannot do this effectively if you don’t know the people on your panel, the topic, or what your audience expects.
When I talk to my clients about where they source their panel moderators to facilitate a panel discussion at a meeting, conference or convention, I’m not surprised:
You just agreed to be a panelist at your organization’s annual meeting and you are wondering, “What was I thinking?”
Congratulations! You have moderated an amazingly successful panel discussion. You met the panel objectives, delivered on the promise, made the panelists look like heroes and the audience received tremendous value. But it’s not over…yet.