April 6, 2017

When Is a Panel Discussion NOT a Panel Discussion?

Picture this:  A conference program proclaiming a “panel discussion of thought leaders.”  A room set with a lectern and four black wrought-iron bar stools.  An audience […]
March 5, 2017

Recent Data on the Diversity of Panel Discussions

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 […]
March 1, 2017

How to Use Event Technology During a Panel Discussion

When you have a large audience – let’s say anything over a hundred people – it can be a challenge to get everyone involved during a […]
February 22, 2017

Seven Typical Tasks in a Panel Discussion

  The typical panel discussion consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience.  Tees up the topic and explains why it is a […]
February 16, 2017

Can a Panel Moderator Challenge Panelists to Change Their Behavior?

It’s an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior?
February 8, 2017

How to Play Referee as a Panel Moderator: When the Hot Topic Gets Too Hot

There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!
February 1, 2017

How to Use Twitter During a Panel Discussion

Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you’re thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion.  Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right? […]
January 25, 2017

Panel Moderators: Open Your Panel Discussion with these 5 Elements

Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion?  Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?
January 11, 2017

3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session […]
December 20, 2016

The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

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 […]
December 14, 2016

Panelist Orientation: What Every Moderator Needs to Tell Their Panelists

Never, ever assume that your panelists have served on a panel discussion. Confirm these details to make sure they are clear about the expectations and comfortable […]
December 8, 2016

Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

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 […]
November 23, 2016

Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I […]
November 16, 2016

How Panel Moderators Can Manage Panelist PowerPoint Slides

I am currently preparing for a panel discussion where one panelist is insistent that she needs PowerPoint slides.  Considering that slides are usually for presentations – and […]
November 10, 2016

Beware of Celebrity Panel Discussion Moderators

During a recent conversation with a client, I was testing out my panel discussion moderator selection hypothesis: That they prefer a “celebrity” or “well-known name” (to […]
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