how to moderate a panel

March 20, 2014

The Moderator’s Role in Panel Discussions

An article in the Atlantic magazine argued that panels would be better without a moderator.  Coming into “peak bad panel season,” her expectations of the myriad panels […]
March 21, 2014

No More Panelist Speeches During Panel Discussions!

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” published in the October, 1934 issue of […]
March 27, 2014

Limit the Number of Panelists in a Panel Discussion

I simply don’t understand the thinking of putting a dozen panelists in a panel discussion format that will last an hour or so.
March 28, 2014

Engage Your Panel Audience Early and Often

Today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction – especially during the panel discussion format.  Nothing will piss them off more than lengthy introductions, followed by […]
April 24, 2015

When the Panel Moderator is also an Expert

Obviously, everyone has an opinion. But if you have a lot to say about the topic, then you should be a panelist and not the moderator. […]
May 7, 2015

Asking Your Panelists the Tough Questions: What Makes a Question Powerful?

These are tough questions to ask a high-profile political figure:
November 11, 2015

Call for a Lightning Round to Add Pizzazz to your Panel Discussion

Change up your format with a quick “Lightning Round” to add a little pizzazz to your next panel discussion.
December 18, 2015

Research Every Panel Moderator Must Do Before a 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. […]
January 20, 2016

Add a Little Crossfire to Your Panel Discussion

I’m always looking for ways to add a little pizazz to an otherwise boring panel discussion, and one of the best ways is to mimic a […]
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!
March 10, 2016

20 Tips From 20 Professional Panel Moderators

I inhale just about everything on the web about panel discussions – the good, the bad, and the ugly. With 197 million entries on “how to moderate a […]
April 28, 2016

The Definition of a “Rapid Fire Panel Discussion”

“Rapid fire panel discussion sounds much more sexy than [boring] panel discussion, doesn’t it?  I admit, I was intrigued with the title when I stumbled upon […]
May 12, 2016

Here’s an Innovative SME/Panelist Format

If a Panel, a Q&A, and a Keynote Speaker Had a Baby……it would be DigitalNow‘s creative collaboration sessions, according to MeetingsNet.com. I was fascinated with MeetingsNet.com’s description […]
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 […]
July 26, 2016

Creative and Audience-Engaging Ways to Conclude a Panel Discussion

My gosh!  Time is flying so fast!  You’ve been facilitating a brilliant panel discussion, and you have just a few minutes to conclude the session.
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