April 8, 2019

Using Examples VS. Illustrations to Spark a Powerful Panel

One easy way to spark some interest in your panel discussion is to ask for an example, an illustration or a case study from one (or […]
April 3, 2019

4 Types of Stories to Tell to Spark Audience Interest

Once upon a time….
March 26, 2019

How to Use Attention-Grabbing Video Snippets During a Panel Discussion

Want to start your panel discussion with a bang?  With drama?  With emotion?  Or, switch gears using a video snippet – a quick, short video clip that […]
March 25, 2019

Have a Spirited Debate, Not a Heated Debate During a Panel Discussion

Since we desperately want diverse points of view on a panel (otherwise, it’s just plain boring), I am often asked how a panel moderator can make […]
March 24, 2019

An Improv Game to Solicit Progressive Panelist Answers

Have you ever seen the Improv game “Pillars?”  If you have, that’s great, if not, it may take you a minute more to appreciate this technique […]
March 19, 2019

What is “Moderator Malpractice?”

I heard a new term this past week: “Moderator Malpractice.”  Since I adore alliteration, I had to investigate further (in other words, I Googled it).
March 15, 2019

An Improv Game to Solicit Progressive Panelist Answers

Have you ever seen the Improv game “Pillars?”  If you have, that’s great, if not, it may take you a minute more to appreciate this technique […]
March 6, 2019

How to Use Attention-Grabbing Video Snippets During a Panel Discussion

Want to start your panel discussion with a bang?  With drama?  With emotion?  Or, switch gears using a video snippet – a quick, short video clip that […]
February 27, 2019

Should Panel Moderators “Practice” Moderating their Panel?

Let’s take a poll: How many of you “practice” moderating your panel like you would for a speech?  Most savvy presenters map out the speech, write the […]
February 21, 2019

How to Illustrate a “Conversational Drumbeat” to Panelists

I am often asked how you get panelists, who are used to being extremely polite to be more conversational.  Especially if they have served on many […]
February 13, 2019

Create a “Front Porch” Dialogue at Your Next Panel Discussion

I just read an article in PCMA Convene magazine on the “Traveling Front Porch” – The Promiseland Project to reunite the polarized America and help citizens […]
February 6, 2019

Panel Moderators: Bring the RIGHT Level of Energy to a Panel

Many years ago, I was on an hour-long panel moderated by a close friend.  It was her first time moderating a panel about a topic she […]
January 22, 2019

How Moderators Can Manage Awkward Audience Comments

Birth.Movies.Death editor Scott Wampler kicked off a hilarious thread where he begs the question: “Literally everyone in this stupid business has an A+ ‘crazy guy at the junket/Q&A’ […]
January 16, 2019

How to Transform a Boring Academic Panel Discussion

IMHO, panel discussions should be the highlight of your conference. The panel brings together thought leaders, experts, and practitioners about a specific subject of interest to […]
January 8, 2019

5 Essential Elements of a Powerful Panelist

I just finished an interview with executive coach Pam Fox Rollin on how to be a powerful panelist during a panel discussion at a meeting, conference, […]
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