Powerful Panels Blog

March 3, 2016

How to Start Out Your Panel Discussion

You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you know the first few moments will make or break the success of the session. Typically, you’ll […]
February 24, 2016

How to Spark a More Controversial Panel Discussion

The best panels spark a little controversy, show a difference of opinion among the panelists, and for some formats, actually generate some downright heated discussions!
February 18, 2016

Powerful Questions to Ask Any Panelist

I was chatting with Dutch Driver, a colleague from the early days of facilitation (we actually used a listserv to communicate!), about the power of asking a […]
February 11, 2016

12 Ways Panel Moderators Can Manage Time Effectively During a Panel Discussion

Your audience can get really annoyed when the moderator doesn’t manage time well during a panel discussion.  All it takes is for the moderator to take […]
February 3, 2016

How to Create Audience-Centered Seating for your Panel Discussions

You walk into the room and see a traditional seating set-up for your panel discussion:  White draped table at the front on a podium, theater-style with […]
January 28, 2016

Panelists and Panel Moderators Should Provide Visual Diversity

I’m a little rankled about a recent posting from the NY Magazine about a panel at Davos about gender equality….and it was all men.  (We’ve talked about […]
January 20, 2016

Add a Little Crossfire to Your Panel Discussion

I’m always looking for ways to add a little pizazz to an otherwise boring panel discussion, and one of the best ways is to mimic a […]
January 7, 2016

10 Top-Rated Blog Posts on Panel Discussions in 2015

Happy New Year to all panelists, panel moderators, and those who may be preparing or perfecting their skills for an upcoming panel discussion. Per our tradition, Joe and I are […]
December 21, 2015

Democratic Primary Debate: How Did the Debate Moderators Do?

Who schedules a presidential primary debate on a SATURDAY night?  I guess if you don’t want anyone to tune in, it’s a good strategy.
December 18, 2015

Research Every Panel Moderator Must Do Before a Panel Discussion

As the moderator of a panel discussion, it is your job to facilitate the conversation so the audience receives tremendous value from their expertise and perspectives. […]
December 17, 2015
PanelQuestions

How to Create GREAT Panel Questions for Your Next Panel Discussion

This article will explore the creation of panel questions initially posed by the moderator. We will cover the 9 steps to create good panel questions.
December 10, 2015

How to Vet Your Next Panel Moderator

When I talk to my clients about where they source their panel moderators to facilitate a panel discussion at a meeting, conference or convention, I’m not […]
December 3, 2015

How to Prepare to Be a Brilliant Panelist

You just agreed to be a panelist at your organization’s annual meeting and you are wondering, “What was I thinking?”
November 19, 2015

10 Actions Moderators Can Do AFTER the Panel Discussion is Over

Congratulations! You have moderated an amazingly successful panel discussion. You met the panel objectives, delivered on the promise, made the panelists look like heroes and the […]
November 11, 2015

Call for a Lightning Round to Add Pizzazz to your Panel Discussion

Change up your format with a quick “Lightning Round” to add a little pizzazz to your next panel discussion.
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