When doing your research in preparation for your panel discussion, find “the dead space” in the topic.
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,
I’ve talked about the importance of picking “DEEP” panelists – Diverse, Experienced, Eloquent, and Prepared. But what happens if those panelists don’t get along?
It’s downright depressing. You walk out of a potentially fabulous panel discussion and wonder, “What happened?” As you scratch your head, you’ll be asking those around you, “What was that all about” or just mutter under your breath, “That was weird….”
Every day, Google sends me the links to any article posted on the Internet that contains the words “panel discussion,” “panel moderator” or “panel moderation.” I scan the article for any tidbits of wisdom and then “pin” the picture of the panel on Pinterest.
It’s an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior?
There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!
You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion. The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves and with the panelists.
I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB. Not only was it an excellent conversation, but several people had asked me about the process I used.
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.