You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank” format.
Some words of wisdom from fellow professional panel moderator, Brian Walter: If you are in charge of the panel you want to “cast for contrast.” And I am very deliberate about these words. You are “casting” a panel. You are creating a scene, a ‘panelesque,’ a movie. So you want different characters instead of everybody
Recently, I was asked to co-moderate a panel discussion with a dear friend and colleague. “Wouldn’t it be fun?” she said. Yes, it can be – and will be – because both of us recognize the benefits AND are willing to do the work:
Perhaps you’ve been asked to serve as a panelist in an upcoming panel discussion…and you may be wondering, “What do I have to do to be prepared?”
One of the panel moderator’s most important responsibilities is to keep the conversation flowing naturally. Like a good talk show host, here are 12 tips to keep the keep the conversation lively and informative:
Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy.
It’s show time! It’s time to take all that planning for an amazing panel discussion and put it into action.
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:
So what happens AFTER the panel discussion? People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question. What about everyone else? What if they want to keep talking, but as in most cases, the room needs to be “turned” during the break?