June 27, 2019

First Democratic Presidential Primary: The Beto & Booker Show!

Sorry, the first Democratic Presidential Primary did not “get nasty.”  I am happy to report that all the moderators maintained order relatively well (even wild card […]
June 19, 2019

12 Moderator Mishaps that Derail a Presidential Debate

For this presidential debate cycle, the country has been focused on who will be able to stand at the candidate lecterns. Yet there is an equally […]
June 13, 2019

“A Panel of Five” Moderators for the First Democratic Primary Debate!?

NBC just announced “a panel of five” moderators for the first Democratic Primary Debate:
June 3, 2019

DNC is NOT Mandating “Women and People of Color” to be Moderators for their Presidential Primary Debates

This week, in an exclusive report to Refinery29, it was reported that “the Democratic National Committee is requiring that each 2020 Democratic presidential debate includes at least one female moderator.”
May 29, 2019

The Art to Answering TOUGH Audience Questions

Q&A is often the biggest fear for many panelists. What if I get asked a hard-ball question?  What if I can’t answer it?  What if I […]
May 20, 2019

Town Hall Moderator Chris Wallace’s Silence: Coward or Professional Moderator?

Back in March, the Democratic National Committee rejected Fox News from hosting any of the twelve scheduled debates in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. […]
May 8, 2019

Playful Panels – How to Give Your Brain a Hand with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

It started with a bit of small talk. It was a party of local entrepreneurs and I met a fascinating woman who wrote her doctorate thesis […]
May 6, 2019

Ask Your Panelists an Awesome Story-Question

Everyone likes a good story….especially when it’s a train wreck!  So how do you get your panelists to spill the goods?
April 30, 2019

4 Ways to Surprise the Panel Audience with a “Celebrity”

If you would like to add a sense of awe and buzz in the halls at your next panel discussion, consider having a “surprise” guest – […]
April 22, 2019

Taking a FRESH Angle on the 2019-2020 Presidential Debates

The 2019-20 Presidential Debate season is going to be a hot mess.  While most pundits are going to discuss what each candidate said, I’ll be taking […]
April 17, 2019

Ask the Audience for a Verbal Response During a Panel Discussion

An easy way to get the audience engaged early on in your panel discussion is to ask for a verbal response.  Preachers do this all the […]
April 8, 2019

Using Examples VS. Illustrations to Spark a Powerful Panel

One easy way to spark some interest in your panel discussion is to ask for an example, an illustration or a case study from one (or […]
April 3, 2019

4 Types of Stories to Tell to Spark Audience Interest

Once upon a time….
March 26, 2019

How to Use Attention-Grabbing Video Snippets During a Panel Discussion

Want to start your panel discussion with a bang?  With drama?  With emotion?  Or, switch gears using a video snippet – a quick, short video clip that […]
March 25, 2019

Have a Spirited Debate, Not a Heated Debate During a Panel Discussion

Since we desperately want diverse points of view on a panel (otherwise, it’s just plain boring), I am often asked how a panel moderator can make […]
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