September 17, 2018

Is a Panel Discussion Merely a “Staged Conversation?”

Is a panel discussion merely a “staged conversation” as noted by Indian author and frequent panelist Jerry Pinto in a recent blog posting?
September 14, 2018

Let the Audience Drive a Panel Discussion with Question Cards

Where does a panel moderator get the actual questions to ask the panel? According to my colleague and Founder of Extreme Meetings, Brian Walter, he says, […]
September 10, 2018

How to Play Musical Chairs to Make Your Panel Discussion SHINE

Remember the game, Musical Chairs?  It’s a party game where you have one less chair than the number of people.  When the music starts, everyone circles […]
August 28, 2018

How the Late Show Demands Diversity

Speaking with Sopan Deb for a TimesTalks conversation, Stephen Colbert talked about his struggles with the lack of overall diversity in the writers rooms of comedy programs.
August 22, 2018

Larry King’s Total Flub as Panel Moderator

I was kinda surprised when I stumbled up on Jared Lindzon’s blog about Larry King and a panel he moderated at the Blockchain Futurist Conference in Toronto.  […]
August 15, 2018

Play Frisbee to Pump UP Your Panel Discussion

Want to add more pizzazz to your audience Q&A during a panel discussion?  Try playing Foam Frisbee!
August 7, 2018

How to Get Your Panelists to Spill their Secrets

How do you get your panelists to spill their secrets in a compelling way?  Ask your question in such a way that rather than just giving an […]
July 31, 2018

Moderators, Are You Over-preparing Your Panelists?

There is an inherent danger in over-preparing the panelists. Yes, you should talk to the panelists.  Outline what you want to see happen on the stage, […]
July 24, 2018

9 Reasons You May Actually Want to Be a Panel Moderator

A colleague asked an interesting question this week: “Why would anyone want to be a panel moderator?”
July 18, 2018

Panel Moderators: DON’T Do This to Your Panelists

Was just talking to a panelist about his recent experience in sharing his insights during a panel discussion.  One of his comments made me cringe:
July 10, 2018

A Rapid-Fire Poll Revs Up a Panel Discussion

Here’s another technique to shift gears and change the pace in your panel discussion: Take a rapid-fire poll of the panelists!
July 2, 2018

Provocative Panel Discussion Game: “Would You Rather?”

Perhaps you are familiar with the party board game, “Would You Rather?”  The premise is fairly simple:  The player picks a card with a precarious dilemma and […]
June 28, 2018

Your First Question Could Ruin a Panel Discussion

So here’s the problem:  Most panels start with an incredibly long, incomprehensible, multipart question directed to the first panelist.  The person starts talking….and she’s going to keep […]
June 19, 2018

How to Get Executives to Prepare for a Panel Discussion

What are the odds of getting the executives together to prepare for your upcoming panel discussion?  Shockingly low!
June 12, 2018

Interject a Lightning Round Into Your Panel Discussion

Ready to shift gears?  Shake it up?  Change the tempo of the traditional, ho-hum boring panel discussion? About two-thirds of the way into your panel discussion, […]
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