April 10, 2015

How Panel Moderators Can Identify Panelist (Dis)Agreement & Turn It Into Lively Discussion

A key skill of any panel moderator is to inspire conversation between the panelists. After the initial remarks (either through an initial presentation or first “hot […]
March 20, 2015

How a Moderator Can Deal with Subliminal Sexism in a Panel

Yesterday, two seemingly unrelated items about panels hit the national media.
March 12, 2015

How to Prepare Your Panelists to be Brilliant

A recipe for panel disaster is allowing the panelists to “just show up” and expect brilliance to spring forth.  Sure, it could happen if the panelists […]
March 6, 2015

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Panels?

Is there such a thing as too many panels?  Absolutely.
January 30, 2015

In Search of the Perfect Chair for Panel Discussions

I stumbled upon a picture of a panel recently and cringed.  The moderator and panelists are sitting on simple, four legged barstools with an itty bitty […]
January 20, 2015

Moderating a Panel of Your Peers – What’s Different?

This past week, I moderated two panels of my peers at the National Speakers Association’s CSP/CPAE Summit in Coral Gables, FL.  The Summit had about 80 […]
November 21, 2014

How to Overcome Deathly Panel Q&A

An important aspect of every panel discussion is creating interaction with the audience – before, during and after the panel discussion.
October 15, 2014

The Future of the Panel Discussion

Every once in a while, I hear a drum beat for an end to panels at meetings, conferences and conventions.  Many of these commentaries lament that […]
September 15, 2014

Panel Formats of the Past and Improvements of Today

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” in the October, 1934, issue of The […]
September 2, 2014

The Anatomy of a Powerful Panel Discussion

Back in July, I had the good fortune to witness the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, CEO […]
July 20, 2014

Steve Forbes Claims “Audiences Love Panel Discussions!”

At the 2014 National Speakers Association (NSA) Convention, Mark Sanborn moderated the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, […]
June 24, 2014

What Makes Your Panel Fascinating?

During the webinar last week on 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Panel Discussions, I recommended the new book by branding expert and leading authority on […]
June 5, 2014

Should Meeting Organizers Put Panel Discussions Back to Back?

I am not a big fan of the words “never,”  “always,” everyone,” or “no one.”  They don’t leave any wiggle room for an exception to the […]
April 30, 2014

Do You Need to Have “Panel” in the Title of Your Panel Discussion?

Last week, I blogged about the importance of having an intriguing title to incite people to come to your session.  But then that got me thinking….Do […]
April 23, 2014

Make the Title of Your Panel Discussion Intriguing

The title of your panel discussion is your first chance to capture your audience’s attention. An intriguing title signals your intent to be lively and engaging […]
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