October 2, 2019

Sample Script for a Panel Discussion

A recent reader asked me about scripting a panel discussion – and if I had any examples/samples of scripts for a panel discussion.
September 24, 2019

Avoid This Bias to Avoid Lackluster Panels

I have long thought that inattention or ignorance were the cause of lackluster panels.  Inattention in that the meeting organizers, moderators, and panelists simply show up […]
September 16, 2019

BEWARE of the “Stacked Panel” At Your Next Conference

So here’s a new term I have never heard of: “Stacked Panel.”
September 13, 2019

Round 3 – Democratic National Debate….was NOT (really) a Debate!

Nope.  It was a carefully scripted round of questions posed to the candidates (for the most part).
September 6, 2019

3rd Democratic Presidential Debate – Speed Dating or Showdown?

It’s the third round of Democratic Presidential Debates – with only NINE more to go before the Democratic National Convention (“nine” is not a typo).
September 3, 2019

What Exactly is a Presidential Debate Rules Analyst?

Since I have proclaimed myself as the 2019-20 Presidential Debate Rules Analyst, a few people have asked what that actually IS.
August 28, 2019

How to Pull Off a StreetPitch Panel Discussion Format

In today’s innovation-driven environment, everyone from executives to event organizers can appreciate novel ways of moving ideas closer to impact. From external sites like Kickstarter to […]
August 19, 2019

10 Commandments of Panel Discussion Microphone Runners

I was recently moderating a panel discussion with several hundred people in attendance and we decided to use microphone runners to solicit questions from the audience […]
August 14, 2019

Joe Rogan to Moderate a Presidential Debate? Are You Kidding Me?

Trending now: Joe Rogan fans have created a petition asking that the UFC commentator be considered to moderate a 2020 presidential debate. The Change.org petition currently has over 137k signers. Boo hoo. […]
August 12, 2019

7 Ways You Can Get Your Message Out During a Panel Discussion

As a panelist who wants to be successful at an upcoming panel discussion, you’ll put the work in, doing the work needed to look brilliant and […]
August 6, 2019

Try the Entertaining “Hat Debate Format” for a Panel Discussion

When your panelists have differing viewpoints, try this “hat debate format” inspired by Jordan Weissmann at The Slate:
August 1, 2019

Round 2 – Democratic Presidential Debates – The Case of Herding Cats

With 24 candidates vying for a spot in the next debate cycle, this round of debates was much like herding cats with the intention to differentiate the […]
July 26, 2019

Debate Moderator Survivor 2020 – Democratic Presidential Debate Edition!

It’s tribal council time for Survivor 2020 – Democratic Presidential Candidate Edition!  The DNC wants to winnow the slate of candidates – so don’t be surprised […]
July 16, 2019

Make Your Mark as a Moderator with Opening Remarks

The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical.  Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do.  The audience (and panelists) […]
July 9, 2019

Acing an “UnPanel” – A Panel Without a Moderator

I have watched several panels who declare themselves as an “UnPanel” – a panel of 4-5 people without a moderator.  And it always ends up with […]
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