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?
I’m always looking for ways to add a little pizazz to an otherwise boring panel discussion, and one of the best ways is to mimic a talk show format (e.g. David Letterman).
You just agreed to be a panelist at your organization’s annual meeting and you are wondering, “What was I thinking?”
It’s almost showtime! 45-60 minutes before the panel discussion is to start, the panel moderator and the panelists should meet each other face to face for about 15 minutes. If a panelist cannot attend, you should make other arrangements to get together onsite prior to the panel. The point of this meet-up is to make sure
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 panelist(s) Summary Thank you/administrative remarks
I was talking with Tim Mathy at SpeakInc about a panel he was on that “flowed amazingly well.”
Audiences have a love/hate relationship with panels.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 46 percent of Americans want ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos banned from all 2016 campaign coverage following the revelation last week that he’d failed to disclose 75,000 in personal donations to the Clinton Foundation. He has already bowed out of his scheduled appearance to moderate ABC’s February GOP debate in New Hampshire.
Obviously, everyone has an opinion. But if you have a lot to say about the topic, then you should be a panelist and not the moderator. Moderators who have deep expertise and opinions on the topic tend to jump into the discussion – maybe more frequently than they should – and then who facilitates the moderator?
A key skill of any panel moderator is to inspire conversation between the panelists. After the initial remarks (either through an initial presentation or first “hot potato question“), listen for areas of agreement or disagreement to inspire conversation.