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, […]
January 2, 2019

What is the “CNN panel effect?”

In this second week of the U.S. Government shutdown, my husband and I continually flip between CNN and Fox – noticing how two different media outlets […]
December 18, 2018

How Can a Panel Discussion Be TRULY One of a Kind?

As a panel discussion aficionado, I geek out over my Google Alerts on all things about panels.  So I was curious when this press release hit […]
December 11, 2018

How to Deal with a Lull In Conversation During a Panel Discussion

As a panel moderator or a panelist, what do you do when your panel discussion hits a lull in the conversation?  What action can you take when […]
December 5, 2018

The Ultimate Playlist of Panel Moderator and Panelist Quick Video Tips

5% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all!  Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk […]
November 20, 2018

With Gratitude in My Heart

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Or so you would think with all the Christmas decorations already up on display!
November 13, 2018

What If You Realized You Were a Male Panelist on a Manel?

What would you do if you realized that you were a male panelist on (yet another) all-male panel, otherwise known as a “manel”?
November 5, 2018

How to Make a Memorable Impact as a Panelist

So you’re talking to your panelists in preparation for an amazing panel discussion, and one of your panelists asks, “What can I do to make an […]
October 31, 2018

How to Ace a “Strategic Moment” as a Panel Moderator

Have you ever been on a panel (or watched a panel discussion) when the topic started out in one direction, and because of the synergy of […]
October 25, 2018

Do TV News “Panels” Have Constructive Discussions?

In this age of increasingly polarized opinions, I watch with horror the television news shows that host a “panel” of experts – who all talk over […]
October 16, 2018

7 Tactics to Take a Panel Discussion from Uninspired to Unforgettable

Nowhere is fascination more relevant and important than during a panel discussion at a big meeting or conference.  After all, your audience’s expectations aren’t that high.  […]
October 9, 2018

The Spotlight Panel Discussion – Comic-Con Style

Here’s a new term for you: the Spotlight Panel.  First featured by the ultimate panel destination, San Diego Comic-Con, the Spotlight Panel Session is exactly what […]
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