When doing your research in preparation for your panel discussion, find “the dead space” in the topic.
I’ve talked about the importance of picking “DEEP” panelists – Diverse, Experienced, Eloquent, and Prepared. But what happens if those panelists don’t get along?
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.
There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!
Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion? Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?
I’ve been talking to a gaggle (which is not quite a google) of meeting planners over the last several years about what makes a panel discussion successful.
Never, ever assume that your panelists have served on a panel discussion. Confirm these details to make sure they are clear about the expectations and comfortable with their role:
I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB. Not only was it an excellent conversation, but several people had asked me about the process I used.
It happens. You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you don’t have access to the panelists beforehand. You’re not even sure who the panelists will be…or even what the focus of the panel should be!
You had a sneaking suspicion this was going happen. A good friend asked you to be on a panel, and it’s not going so well. Even though you did your homework (collected your talking points and examples, checked out the other panelists and participated in the pre-panel conference call), the energy in the room is