October 7, 2015

3 Popular Panel Discussion Formats

The typical panel consists of seven elements: Welcome Panelist introductions Panelist presentations/initial comments Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists Questions from the audience directed to a […]
September 30, 2015

How to Get Your Panel Discussion Proposal Approved by Conference Organizers

I was having a great conversation with Mark Milroy, CAE, Vice President of Learning at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.  He has seen ALOT of panel proposals […]
September 24, 2015

Opening Salvo vs. Opening Remarks in a Panel Discussion

Harry A. Overstreet, an American Educator who was the first to write about the panel process said, “No one, under any circumstances, is to rise and […]
September 10, 2015

Catchbox: How to Use the Audience Engaging Event Technology Tool at Your Next Conference or Panel Discussion

I’m a HUGE fan of Catchbox, a throwable microphone that I use (almost) all the time for audience Q&A during interviews and panel discussions.
September 3, 2015

Panel Reputation: Chicken or the Egg?

A conference organizer recently emailed, “Unfortunately the fact that most people (certainly in our market) don’t have a high regard for panel discussions is one of […]
August 27, 2015

How to Keep the Audience Engaged During A Panel with One Simple Trick

I was talking with Tim Mathy at SpeakInc about a panel he was on that “flowed amazingly well.”
August 19, 2015

Add a Little Pizzazz To Your Next Panel Program

Popular television shows are great venues to look for ways to spice up your next panel program.  It can be something as simple as riffing an […]
August 13, 2015

Why The Republican Presidential Primary Wasn’t a Debate

It rankles me when something is advertised as one thing, and then it turns out to be something else. When a bank says, “free checking” only […]
August 9, 2015

Republican Presidential Primary Debate: How Did the Moderators Do?

Moderating a nationally televised debate is never easy.  Just ask Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, the moderators of Thursday’s first Republican Presidential […]
August 4, 2015

Try a “Lightning Round” to Increase Energy in Your Panel Discussions

Here’s another way to kick off the panel, finish it up, or interject some energy into the room – especially when you have a “boatload” of […]
July 29, 2015

Spice Up Your Next Panel Discussion with the Newlywed Game!

I’m always on the look-out for unique ways to spice up a panel discussion – and most of them seemed to be based on TV games […]
July 16, 2015

9 Reasons Why Comic-Con Panels Are So Popular

San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest conference celebrating the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture, just ended. Although I can’t prove it, I believe […]
July 9, 2015

How to Score Great Panelists for Your Next Panel Discussion

I was talking with a meeting organizer the other day who was grousing about the usual suspects.  You know… the folks who are ALWAYS called upon […]
June 24, 2015

How and When to Manage Audience Q&A

Questions from the audience can enrich a panel discussion or derail it, so decide ahead of time when and how you will manage questions. You can:
June 17, 2015

Are You Creating “Wizard of Oz” Moments in Your Panel?

Audiences have a love/hate relationship with panels.
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