Powerful Panels Blog

March 20, 2014
Panel Moderator

The Panel Moderator: The Pivotal Role in Panel Discussions

The moderator's job is to help the audience get their needs met through a panel format.  The moderator sets the tone, the pace, and control of the content, staying ever-vigilant in keeping it relevant for the audience.  It is the moderator's responsibility to make sure the panel is lively, engaging, and worthwhile.
March 18, 2014

The 2014 Panel Report: Are Panel Discussions Effective?

March 17, 2014

10 Common Mistakes Panel Moderators Make…And How to Avoid Them

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 72% of the respondents had issues with the moderator.  That’s 3/4 of the people […]
March 17, 2014

Ten Panel Commandments Panelists Should Live By

My good friend and colleague, Sarah Michel, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting is the creator of the Ten Panel Commandments.  Sarah and I have known each other for years through […]
March 15, 2014
Panel Discussion Definition

Panel Discussion Definition

A panel discussion is a specific format used in a meeting, conference, or convention.  It is a live, in-person or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives in front of a large audience.
February 5, 2014

How to Make Your Panelists Shine!

Immediately after the debut of the Powerful Panels research findings at Fresh14 in Copenhagen, Steve Bather challenged the delegates to develop a checklist of things they […]
January 20, 2014

Top Ten Must-Read Blogs on Moderating a Panel Discussion

As I  started researching the universe of panel discussions for my book, Powerful Panels, I did what any red-blooded American (or Swede) would do.  I Googled […]
November 29, 2013

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