May 27, 2015

How to Find “D.E.E.P.” Panelists

When putting together a powerful panel, round up a handful of interesting people with different experiences and perspectives.  In other words, look for DEEP panelists:
May 20, 2015

Challenging the Statement “Panels Don’t Add Value”

“Oh, we don’t use panels at our conferences,” says the meeting organizer for a well-known conference.
May 15, 2015

Avoid this A/V Perfect Storm at Your Next Panel Discussion

I was facilitating a roundtable discussion at an un-named conference recently and watched an A/V perfect storm – a confluence of events that, individually would have been no […]
May 7, 2015

Asking Your Panelists the Tough Questions: What Makes a Question Powerful?

These are tough questions to ask a high-profile political figure:
April 24, 2015

When the Panel Moderator is Also an Expert

Obviously, everyone has an opinion. But if you have a lot to say about the topic, then you should be a panelist and not the moderator. […]
April 16, 2015

FAQ: Handling the “Expert” on the Panel

Question:  I am moderating an upcoming panel with a wide range of panelists: One bona fide expert who has written a ton of books on the […]
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?

A few years back, I moderated two panels of my peers at the National Speakers Association’s CSP/CPAE Summit in Coral Gables, FL.  The Summit had about […]
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 […]
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