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Panel Moderators: Tell Your Face to Smile!

As a panel discussion expert, I am always on the lookout for new ideas, formats, and styles.  So I’ve set up some Google Alerts to let me know when there is a blog post or video that includes “panel discussion,” “panel moderator” or “panelist.”  And I read and watch them ALL.  I know, you’re thinking,

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Can a Panel Moderator Challenge Panelists to Change Their Behavior?

It’s an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior?

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How to Use Twitter During a Panel Discussion

Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you’re thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion.  Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right?  Just project the twitter feed where you show ONLY the tweets with the designated meeting hashtag and then you just pull comments off the feed!

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Panel Moderators: Open Your Panel Discussion with these 5 Elements

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?

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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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10 Ways a Panelist Can Liven Up a Panel Discussion

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

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Creative and Audience-Engaging Ways to Conclude a Panel Discussion

My gosh!  Time is flying so fast!  You’ve been facilitating a brilliant panel discussion, and you have just a few minutes to conclude the session.

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Top 10 Times to Intervene as a Panel Moderator

Regardless of how prestigious your panelists are as well as the intense preparation you put into your panel discussion, you must intervene when a panelist:

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Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions In a survey we conducted in 2014 of over 500 executives and meeting professionals, we asked, “What’s your absolute, biggest pet peeve” when it comes to panel discussions?

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Powerful Questions to Ask Any Panelist

I was chatting with Dutch Driver, a colleague from the early days of facilitation (we actually used a listserv to communicate!), about the power of asking a thought-provoking question during a panel discussion.  It’s really the Socratic Method at it’s best!

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