Powerful Panels Blog

March 1, 2017

How to Use Event Technology During a Panel Discussion

When you have a large audience – let’s say anything over a hundred people – it can be a challenge to get everyone involved during a […]
February 22, 2017

Seven Typical Tasks in a Panel Discussion

The typical panel discussion structure consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience.  Tees up the topic and explains why it is a […]
February 16, 2017

Can a Panel Moderator Challenge Panelists to Change Their Behavior?

It’s an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior?
February 8, 2017

How to Play Referee as a Panel Moderator: When the Hot Topic Gets Too Hot

There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!
February 1, 2017

How to Use Twitter During a Panel Discussion

Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you’re thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion.  Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right? […]
January 25, 2017

Panel Moderators: Open Your Panel Discussion with these 5 Elements

Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion?  Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?
January 11, 2017

3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session […]
January 3, 2017

Criteria for a Successful Panel Discussion

I’ve been talking to a gaggle (which is not quite a google) of meeting planners over the last several years about what makes a panel discussion […]
December 20, 2016

The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion.  The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves […]
December 14, 2016

Panelist Orientation: What Every Moderator Needs to Tell Their Panelists

Never, ever assume that your panelists have served on a panel discussion. Confirm these details to make sure they are clear about the expectations and comfortable […]
December 8, 2016

Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB.  Not only was it an […]
November 30, 2016

Give Chocolate to Inspire Discussion

At a recent panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation Conference in New Orleans, LA, the panel moderator wanted to encourage audience members to share […]
November 23, 2016

Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I […]
November 16, 2016

How Panel Moderators Can Manage Panelist PowerPoint Slides

I am currently preparing for a panel discussion where one panelist is insistent that she needs PowerPoint slides.  Considering that slides are usually for presentations – and […]
November 10, 2016

Beware of Celebrity Panel Discussion Moderators

During a recent conversation with a client, I was testing out my panel discussion moderator selection hypothesis: That they prefer a “celebrity” or “well-known name” (to […]
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