June 16, 2020

Alter Your Appearance to Excite Your Panel Audience

As we continue to practice social distancing, we still need to meet, albeit virtually.  And we’ll still have the ubiquitous panel discussions with a group of […]
June 10, 2020

How Even the Least Funny Panel Moderators Can Use Humor

A seasoned panel moderator was asked, “Is it necessary to use humor in a panel discussion?” The moderator responded, “Not unless you want people to listen.”
June 3, 2020

Do a Formal Critique to Improve Panel Moderation Skills

The main way to learn how to moderate a panel is to moderate a panel discussion.  Not just one, but many.  Note what works and what doesn’t […]
May 27, 2020

Sample Script for a Virtual Panel Discussion

I recently moderated a one-hour virtual panel about the future of meetings using Zoom that went exactly according to plan (which is extremely rare!).  In preparation, […]
May 20, 2020

How to Be a Brilliant Remote Panelist

For the foreseeable future, panels will be virtual (where everybody is geographically dispersed, connected through a digital platform) or hybrid (where there is a group of […]
May 13, 2020

30 Ways to Engage Your Audience During a Virtual Panel Discussion

Virtual panel discussions are all the rage during this COVID-crisis.  Yet many of them are one-way communications between the panelists with little interaction from the audience.  […]
May 6, 2020

Panel Moderators: Prepare Your “Cutoff Phrases” Ahead of Time

It’s not a matter of “if” one of your panelists on your panel discussion will ramble off-topic.  It is when it will happen. Especially when moderating a […]
April 29, 2020

The Seamless Way to Incorporate a “Remote Panelist” Into Your Panel Discussion

Now that several states are starting to “open up,” don’t be surprised if a few small face-to-face meetings are held while using social distancing guidelines.  Some […]
April 22, 2020

Don’t Forget the VIRTUAL Audience During a Hybrid Panel Discussion

With all this talk about “opening up” the country, I have to believe that people will eventually start coming together – in small groups live-streamed out […]
April 15, 2020

Take Your Panel Discussion on a Journey with this Storytelling Technique

No, I am not going to talk about the coronavirus. (thank goodness!), but I do want to tell you a story… Once upon a time….
April 8, 2020

Use a “Breakout Room” to Moderate a Virtual Panel Discussion

When moderating a panel virtually, consider using the “breakout room” function – smaller group sessions that are split off from the main meeting.
April 1, 2020

How to Create Spontaneity During Your Panel Discussion

Want your panel discussion to be memorable?  Maybe even have a viral moment at the conference?  The trick is to have the panel moderator and/or panelists […]
March 24, 2020

How to Moderate a Virtual Panel Discussion

With the rise of the coronavirus, many of us are meeting virtually (Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, or MS Team seem to be the most popular).  The panel […]
March 16, 2020

11th Democratic Debate: Even-Handed & Calmer

This may be the last Democratic Party Primary Debate.  Moved from my hometown of Phoenix to Washington DC – with minimal staffing and no audience.
March 10, 2020

11th DemDebate – Back to Civility?

CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper, and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as moderators for this week’s Democratic presidential debate in […]
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