how to moderate a panel discussion

November 29, 2013

Welcome to Powerful Panels: How to Moderate A Lively & Informative Panel Discussion

I’m a high stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. I’ve been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.
January 20, 2014

Top Ten Must-Read Blogs on Moderating a Panel Discussion

As I  started researching the universe of panel discussions for my book, Powerful Panels, I did what any red-blooded American (or Swede) would do.  I Googled […]
April 4, 2014

Avoid the Hot Potato or Ping Pong Effect During Panel Discussions

I recently attended a panel discussion at a large conference where the moderator started the session with a hot potato and shifted to ping pong.  The […]
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 […]
April 9, 2014

Panel Discussion Formats: Take a Lesson from TV

You don’t have to rely on the traditional panel formats.  Instead, spice it up with a more entertaining and engaging format – and the best source […]
September 2, 2014

The Anatomy of a Powerful Panel Discussion

Back in July, I had the good fortune to witness the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, CEO […]
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.
January 20, 2015

Moderating a Panel of Your Peers – What’s Different?

This past week, I moderated two panels of my peers at the National Speakers Association’s CSP/CPAE Summit in Coral Gables, FL.  The Summit had about 80 […]
March 20, 2015

How a Moderator Can Deal with Subliminal Sexism in a Panel

Yesterday, two seemingly unrelated items about panels hit the national media.
April 10, 2015

How Panel Moderators Can Identify Panelist (Dis)Agreement & Turn It Into Lively Discussion

A key skill of any panel moderator is to inspire conversation between the panelists. After the initial remarks (either through an initial presentation or first “hot […]
June 10, 2015

How Much Research Should the Panel Moderator Do?

How much research should a moderator do in preparation for a panel discussion? For some, not a lot is required because they are a seasoned moderator […]
September 24, 2015

Opening Salvo vs. Opening Remarks in a Panel Discussion

Harry A. Overstreet, an American Educator who was the first to write about the panel process said, “No one, under any circumstances, is to rise and […]
November 19, 2015

10 Actions Moderators Can Do AFTER the Panel Discussion is Over

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 […]
February 24, 2016

How to Spark a More Controversial Panel Discussion

The best panels spark a little controversy, show a difference of opinion among the panelists, and for some formats, actually generate some downright heated discussions!
June 14, 2016

Where Should the Panel Moderator Stand?

I am often asked where the moderator should be stationed.  While there is no “right” place to be located, make your decision based on the the […]
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