July 7, 2021
Leadership Panel Questions

45 Great Leadership Panel Questions

A colleague of mine is moderating a high-level leadership panel and asked, “What are the best leadership panel questions?”  Like most open-ended questions, I had to […]
June 28, 2021
QuestionstoAskInaPanelDiscussion

24 Questions to Ask In ANY Panel Discussion

As you are preparing to moderate a panel discussion, you’ll want to develop a list of good questions to ask in a panel discussion. The Order […]
June 16, 2021
bestpanelquestions

What are the Best Panel Questions to Ask?

Last week, I wrote about good panel questions and a reader emailed me to ask, “If that’s what’s GOOD, what are the BEST panel questions to […]
June 15, 2021
goodpaneldiscussionquestions

Good Panel Discussion Questions

Dsicover the 6 attributes of a good panel discussion question AND the 7 Issues with Non-planned panel discussion questions.
June 9, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

17 Different Types of Panel Discussion Questions

17 different types of questions posed to panelists during a panel discussion
June 3, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

Panel Moderation Technique: The Audience as the Fourth Panelist

During a recent interview with Sarah Michel, VP of Connexity at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, she mentioned a technique she uses when moderating a panel discussion: The […]
May 26, 2021
How to Structure a Panel Discussion

How To Structure a Panel Discussion

The typical panel consists of seven tasks that are performed in the following order: Welcome Panelist introductions Panelist presentations and/or initial remarks Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists Questions from the audience directed to a panelist(s) Summary Thank you and final administrative remarks The panel moderator may opt to do all seven tasks, omit some, combine a few, or design a unique format to achieve the overall desired results.
May 19, 2021
How to Moderate a Panel

How to Moderate a Panel Discussion

So you’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion for the very first time. OR, you haven’t done one in a while and are wondering about how to moderate a panel discussion. As a leading expert in moderating panel discussions, here is the recipe I use to prepare for and moderate a lively and informative panel discussion: Clarify the vision with the meeting organizer Select, invite, and confirm the panelists Prepare an engaging format Start with a strong opening Facilitate a lively conversation Sprinkle in audience Q&A Finish with a clarion call to action
May 13, 2021
Panelist Do's & Don'ts

Panelist Do’s & Don’ts

If you are asked to serve on a panel discussion as a panelist, there are some things you should DO and some things you definitely should NOT do to be successful. Here's my list collected over the last ten years of moderating panel discussions:
May 6, 2021
zoom tip

Panel Moderators: Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Call on Virtual Panelists

Let’s say lots of people want to ask a question during audience Q&A during a panel discussion on Zoom. When you use the “reactions” button (see […]
April 21, 2021
virtual panel discussion

Virtual Panel Discussion Technique: “Pass the Ball”

To create a brilliant virtual panel discussion, you gather a handful of smart people and pray for scintillating conversations to spontaneously happen. When your panelists know […]
April 14, 2021

5 Ways to Balance Panelist Airtime During a Panel Discussion

One of the core values for all moderators is the notion of “fairness.” Every panelist should have roughly the same number of questions asked of him/her, […]
April 7, 2021

Pack a 1-2-3 Panel Discussion Punch!

Thank goodness the pandemic ice storm is beginning to thaw and we’re starting to venture outside and meeting in person again.  Most agree, we cannot “go […]
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
March 24, 2021

How to Select Diverse People to Ask a Question During a Panel Discussion

As a leading expert on moderating panels, I am often asked to watch a panel discussion and provide the organization and/or moderator feedback – what went […]
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