Powerful Panels Blog

January 28, 2021

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Panel Discussions

A virtual panel discussion can seem like a conversation amongst the panelists with absolutely no regard for the audience.  But there is no reason NOT to […]
January 20, 2021

Pitiful Panel Discussions: The Panelists’ or Moderators’ Fault?

It’s a cryin’ shame.  Panel discussions don’t live up to their potential – a fabulous, spontaneous discussion between really smart people to create valuable takeaways for […]
January 7, 2021

Soft Launch Celebration: 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

TODAY marks the soft launch of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion! The paperback book and the pdf Ebook are now available with […]
December 22, 2020

123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

It’s done!  I just sent the final, formatted proof to the printer of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion!
December 16, 2020

14 Ways to Add Visual Variety to a Virtual Panel Discussion

It was a virtual panel discussion at the end of a three-day virtual conference.  Not only was I suffering from Zoom fatigue, but all the panels […]
December 10, 2020

Live Virtual Panel Discussion Vs. a Recorded Panel Discussion: Pitfalls, Risks, Pros, Cons

This week, I was producing a virtual event that had two different types of panel discussions: a live panel discussion with the moderator and panelists in […]
December 2, 2020
Kristin's Zoom Setup

Foster a Sense of Intimacy in the Virtual World

Dr. Ketra Armstrong one of the panelists at TEDxUofM said, “I liked (the Zoom format)…particularly when the cameras are on it feels like there is a […]
November 25, 2020

Ways to Thank a Panelist in a Way They Will Appreciate

Thanksgiving is this week – hooray!  It’s my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It is a special time to reflect on all the blessings we […]
November 18, 2020

Roles of the Chatbox Moderator, Question Box Moderator, and Social Media Moderator During a Virtual Panel Discussion

For many virtual meetings, there are at least three channels the panel moderator should monitor:  the chatbox, the question box, and social media streams.
November 11, 2020

You CAN Commemorate Veterans During Your Panel Discussion

As a proud veteran of the US Coast Guard, please take a moment in time to thank the men and women who serve this country – […]
November 4, 2020

Types of Debate Moderator Biases with Presidential Debate Examples

Now that the presidential debate season is over, I’ve been thinking about all the comments about “moderator bias.”  These accusations are based on some observable actions […]
October 23, 2020

Final 2020 Presidential Debate: Better Than Expected!

If I were Chris Wallace, I’d be annoyed.  This final debate between the two 2020 Presidential candidates was a stark difference from the first (only other) […]
October 14, 2020

Reflecting on the Common Characteristic of BOTH debates: Interruptions

Scheduled for this week, the Second Presidential Debate has been canceled, so this gives a moment to reflect on a common characteristic of both debates:  the […]
October 8, 2020

2020 Vice-Presidential Debate: Barrage of Questions, Interruptions, Few Answers

Tonight’s vice-presidential debate was a stark contrast from last week’s first presidential debate.  Yes, it was calmer, and more civil, yet both candidates continued to dodge […]
September 30, 2020

1st 2020 Presidential Debate: A Hot Mess with Lots of Mudslinging

The highly anticipated first 2020 Presidential Debate started normally enough.  Moderator Chris Wallace shared the debate format and assured the audience that none of the questions […]
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