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May 19, 2021
How to Moderate a Panel

How to Moderate a Panel Discussion

So you’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion for the very first time. OR, you haven’t done one in a while and are wondering about how to moderate a panel discussion. As a leading expert in moderating panel discussions, here is the recipe I use to prepare for and moderate a lively and informative panel discussion: Clarify the vision with the meeting organizer Select, invite, and confirm the panelists Prepare an engaging format Start with a strong opening Facilitate a lively conversation Sprinkle in audience Q&A Finish with a clarion call to action
May 13, 2021
Panelist Do's & Don'ts

Panelist Do’s & Don’ts

If you are asked to serve on a panel discussion as a panelist, there are some things you should DO and some things you definitely should NOT do to be successful. Here's my list collected over the last ten years of moderating panel discussions:
May 6, 2021
zoom tip

Panel Moderators: Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Call on Virtual Panelists

Let’s say lots of people want to ask a question during audience Q&A during a panel discussion on Zoom. When you use the “reactions” button (see […]
April 21, 2021
virtual panel discussion

Virtual Panel Discussion Technique: “Pass the Ball”

To create a brilliant virtual panel discussion, you gather a handful of smart people and pray for scintillating conversations to spontaneously happen. When your panelists know […]
April 14, 2021

5 Ways to Balance Panelist Airtime During a Panel Discussion

One of the core values for all moderators is the notion of “fairness.” Every panelist should have roughly the same number of questions asked of him/her, […]
April 7, 2021

Pack a 1-2-3 Panel Discussion Punch!

Thank goodness the pandemic ice storm is beginning to thaw and we’re starting to venture outside and meeting in person again.  Most agree, we cannot “go […]
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
March 24, 2021

How to Select Diverse People to Ask a Question During a Panel Discussion

As a leading expert on moderating panels, I am often asked to watch a panel discussion and provide the organization and/or moderator feedback – what went […]
March 17, 2021

Participant-Centered Approach to Curate Panel Discussion Questions

Bob Pike, Chairman and Founder of the Training and Performance Forum, shared this panel discussion format of “capturing the question” using small groups during a panel […]
March 11, 2021

The Very Best Virtual Panel Discussion Ever!?

#BestPanelEver. It was, literally, one of the best virtual/hybrid panels I’ve seen all year. And I wasn’t the only one who was thinking that – the […]
March 3, 2021

How to Gracefully Interrupt a Panelist Who Talks Too Long

I would be rich if I got a dollar for every time I am asked how to tactfully cut off a panelist who talks too long.  […]
February 23, 2021

Plan Panelist Introductions that Benefit the Audience

Somewhere at the beginning of your panel discussion, the panelists need to be introduced.  You would think this is is a simple task. There are several […]
February 17, 2021

Play “Spin the Wheel” to Avoid a Repetitious Panel Discussion

I was just critiquing a “Panel Discussion” where the panel moderator posed a question to a panelist (or two) and then moved on to the next […]
February 9, 2021

Tactful Transitions to Move the Audience Through a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of chunking up a panel discussion into bite-sized segments.  For example, if you take a look at the traditional panel format, you […]
February 3, 2021

10 Question Discussion Guide for the Book: 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

Readers: Erin Albert, creative pharmacist, author, attorney, and edutainer posted this on LinkedIn and I thought it was brilliant!  With her permission, I am sharing this […]
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