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!
I recently attended a panel discussion at a large conference where the moderator started the session with a hot potato and shifted to ping pong. The result? No real conversation ensued because the moderator was too controlling. He never gave permission to the panelists to dialogue among themselves. Instead, everything had to be funneled through