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Opening Salvo vs. Opening Remarks in a Panel Discussion

Harry A. Overstreet, an American Educator who was the first to write about the panel process said, “No one, under any circumstances, is to rise and make a speech. To do so will be the one unforgivable offense!” So don’t let them give a speech at a panel discussion!

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Panel Reputation: Chicken or the Egg?

A conference organizer recently emailed, “Unfortunately the fact that most people (certainly in our market) don’t have a high regard for panel discussions is one of the main reasons we never do them at our conferences.”

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Spice Up Your Next Panel Discussion with the Newlywed Game!

I’m always on the look-out for unique ways to spice up a panel discussion – and most of them seemed to be based on TV games or reality shows.  Imagine my surprise when Mary Foley shared a technique akin to “The Newlywed Game” to kick off a panel she moderated at last week’s National Speakers Association

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9 Reasons Why Comic-Con Panels Are So Popular

San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest conference celebrating the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture, just ended. Although I can’t prove it, I believe Comic-con has the most number of panels scheduled for one conference AND the largest room to watch a panel (Hall H can hold 6,500 attendees – and it was packed

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How to Find “D.E.E.P.” Panelists

When putting together a powerful panel, round up a handful of interesting people with different experiences and perspectives.  In other words, look for DEEP panelists:

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Challenging the Statement “Panels Don’t Add Value”

“Oh, we don’t use panels at our conferences,” says the meeting organizer for a well-known conference.

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Avoid this A/V Perfect Storm at Your Next Panel Discussion

I was facilitating a roundtable discussion at an un-named conference recently and watched an A/V perfect storm – a confluence of events that, individually would have been no big deal.  Taken together, it was severely irritating.

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No More Panelist Speeches During Panel Discussions!

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” published in the October, 1934 issue of The Trained Nurse and Hospital Review.  In essence, Overstreet envisioned the panel as a “glorified conversation [with] all the delight of generous give-and-take. And if it is a genuinely

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