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November 29, 2013

Welcome to Powerful Panels: How to Moderate A Lively & Informative Panel Discussion

I’m a high stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. I’ve been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.
March 15, 2014

The Definition of a Panel Discussion

A panel discussion is a specific format used in a meeting, conference or convention.  It is a live or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst […]
March 23, 2014

Get Rid of the White, Draped Table at Panel Discussions!

The default panel discussion room set appears to be a long table at the front of the room, draped with a white (or black) tablecloth with […]
March 30, 2014

What’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve of a Panel Discussion?

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting professionals, I asked the question, “What’s your absolute, biggest pet peeve” about panel discussions at […]
June 5, 2014

Should Meeting Organizers Put Panel Discussions Back to Back?

I am not a big fan of the words “never,”  “always,” everyone,” or “no one.”  They don’t leave any wiggle room for an exception to the […]
September 2, 2014

The Anatomy of a Powerful Panel Discussion

Back in July, I had the good fortune to witness the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, CEO […]
September 15, 2014

Panel Formats of the Past and Improvements of Today

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” in the October, 1934, issue of The […]
August 4, 2015

Try a “Lightning Round” to Increase Energy in Your Panel Discussions

Here’s another way to kick off the panel, finish it up, or interject some energy into the room – especially when you have a “boatload” of […]
August 9, 2015

Republican Presidential Primary Debate: How Did the Moderators Do?

Moderating a nationally televised debate is never easy.  Just ask Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, the moderators of Thursday’s first Republican Presidential […]
August 13, 2015

Why The Republican Presidential Primary Wasn’t a Debate

It rankles me when something is advertised as one thing, and then it turns out to be something else. When a bank says, “free checking” only […]
August 19, 2015

Add a Little Pizzazz To Your Next Panel Program

Popular television shows are great venues to look for ways to spice up your next panel program.  It can be something as simple as riffing an […]
August 27, 2015

How to Keep the Audience Engaged During A Panel with One Simple Trick

I was talking with Tim Mathy at SpeakInc about a panel he was on that “flowed amazingly well.”
October 7, 2015

3 Popular Panel Discussion Formats

The typical panel consists of seven elements: Welcome Panelist introductions Panelist presentations/initial comments Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists Questions from the audience directed to a […]
October 15, 2015

Attention Meeting Professionals: The Main Reason Your Panels are Boring

This week at IMEX America in Las Vegas, I was speaking about how to make your panel discussions go from boring to bravo. Before the session […]
February 11, 2016

10 Ways Panel Moderators Can Manage Time Effectively During a Panel Discussion

Your audience can get really annoyed when the moderator doesn’t manage time well during a panel discussion.  All it takes is for the moderator to take […]
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