April 14, 2014

10 Most Common Mistakes Panelists Make During a Panel Discussion

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 66% of the respondents had issues with the panelists being out of control.  That’s 2/3 of […]
April 9, 2014

Panel Discussion Formats: Take a Lesson from TV

You don’t have to rely on the traditional panel formats.  Instead, spice it up with a more entertaining and engaging format – and the best source […]
April 7, 2014

Turn Boring, Ho-Hum Panels into Lively Panel Discussions

Henry Ford (or was it Tony Robbins?) had it right:  “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”  And […]
April 5, 2014

Take a Poll to Engage the Audience Early During Your Panel Discussion

The easiest way to engage the audience early during a panel presentation is to take a poll – especially if you don’t know the cast of characters […]
April 4, 2014

Avoid the Hot Potato or Ping Pong Effect During Panel Discussions

I recently attended a panel discussion at a large conference where the moderator started the session with a hot potato and shifted to ping pong.  The […]
March 30, 2014

What’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve of a Panel Discussion?

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting professionals, I asked the question, “What’s your absolute, biggest pet peeve” about panel discussions at […]
March 28, 2014

Engage Your Panel Audience Early and Often

Today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction – especially during the panel discussion format.  Nothing will piss them off more than lengthy introductions, followed by […]
March 27, 2014

Limit the Number of Panelists in a Panel Discussion

I simply don’t understand the thinking of putting a dozen panelists in a panel discussion format that will last an hour or so.
March 26, 2014

Panel Discussions are Pervasive – So Let’s Make ‘Em Better!

For the last two days, I attended a conference in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Always nice to sleep in my own bed vs. stay in […]
March 23, 2014

Get Rid of the White, Draped Table at Panel Discussions!

The default panel discussion room set appears to be a long table at the front of the room, draped with a white (or black) tablecloth with […]
March 21, 2014

No More Panelist Speeches During Panel Discussions!

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” published in the October, 1934 issue of […]
March 20, 2014

The Moderator’s Role in Panel Discussions

An article in the Atlantic magazine argued that panels would be better without a moderator.  Coming into “peak bad panel season,” her expectations of the myriad panels […]
March 18, 2014

The 2014 Panel Report: Are Panel Discussions Effective?

March 17, 2014

10 Common Mistakes Panel Moderators Make…And How to Avoid Them

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 72% of the respondents had issues with the moderator.  That’s 3/4 of the people […]
March 17, 2014

Ten Panel Commandments Panelists Should Live By

My good friend and colleague, Sarah Michel, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting is the creator of the Ten Panel Commandments.  Sarah and I have known each other for years through […]
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