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Panel Discussion Format: “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank”

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.

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4 Roles to Cast When Selecting Panelists

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

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How to Co-Moderate a Panel Discussion

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:

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Prepare to be a Brilliant Panelist with these Steps

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?”

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12 Tips to Moderate a Panel Discussion that Flows Naturally

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:

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CONNECT Conference Takeaways from a Social Media Manager

Greetings from a guest blogger! After a few years of taking the steering wheel to manage Kristin Arnold’s social media and online reputation, it’s time to introduce myself and to write a bit on the blog. What a better time than after the CONNECT Marketplace conference where I saw Kristin Arnold in action. My name

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Master the Art of Multitasking as a Panel Moderator

Facilitating a panel discussion is not easy.

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Panel Moderator Checklist for Right Before the Panel Discussion

It’s show time!  It’s time to take all that planning for an amazing panel discussion and put it into action.

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Make a Panel Discussion Memorable with a Mental Avatar

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:

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Audience and Panelist Engagement AFTER the Panel Discussion

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?

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