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When Is a Panel Discussion NOT a Panel Discussion?

Picture this:  A conference program proclaiming a “panel discussion of thought leaders.”  A room set with a lectern and four black wrought-iron bar stools.  An audience expecting a panel discussion….

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Seven Typical Tasks in a Panel Discussion

  The typical panel discussion consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience.  Tees up the topic and explains why it is a timely and important topic to discuss in this format (whatever format that might be!). Introductions. The panelists are introduced to the audience – either the moderator introduces them or they

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Criteria for a Successful Panel Discussion

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.

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Give Chocolate to Inspire Discussion

At a recent panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation Conference in New Orleans, LA, the panel moderator wanted to encourage audience members to share their “failures” in commercializing innovation. Not an easy task to get people to ‘fess up’ in front of their peers.

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Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I called Jane Stevens, founder of ACEs Connection Network and panel moderator of the session on “Trauma-informed and Resilience-building Communities: The Journey of ACEs Heroes” at the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) conference.

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Panel Discussions Should “Spill Secrets”

Since I routinely troll the internet for examples of panel discussions, my Google Alert sent me an article this morning: Crowdfunding Experts Spill Their Secrets For a Successful Campaign.  The article then explained what the panel was all about.

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Second 2016 Presidential Debate: Who Moderates the Moderator?

I had high hopes for the second presidential debate for the 2016 election. The debate format was intended to be a “town hall” format:

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The Illustrated Panel Discussion Format

I’ve been devouring Chris Anderson’s new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.  In his closing comments, he says, “I’ve become convinced that tomorrow, even more than today, learning to present your ideas live to other humans will prove to be an absolutely essential skill.”

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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 pro’s and con’s of each:

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Ground Rules for Panelists During Panel Discussions

“OMIGOSH!  I knew this was going to happen!” If you think about it, a good panel moderator can see most of the things that can go wrong during a panel discussion – even before the session starts:

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