March 30, 2017

3 Fatal Flaws of a Panel Discussion

It’s downright depressing.  You walk out of a potentially fabulous panel discussion and wonder, “What happened?”  As you scratch your head, you’ll be asking those around […]
March 21, 2017

Use Audience-Engagement for a Boring Panel Discussion Topic

Last week, I moderated a panel discussion on “risk assessment” – a potentially boring topic – but it wasn’t boring at all!  Why?  Because I involved […]
March 5, 2017

Recent Data on the Diversity of Panel Discussions

Every day, Google sends me the links to any article posted on the Internet that contains the words “panel discussion,” “panel moderator” or “panel moderation.” I […]
March 1, 2017

How to Use Event Technology During a Panel Discussion

When you have a large audience – let’s say anything over a hundred people – it can be a challenge to get everyone involved during a […]
February 22, 2017

Seven Typical Tasks in a Panel Discussion

  The typical panel discussion consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience.  Tees up the topic and explains why it is a […]
February 16, 2017

Can a Panel Moderator Challenge Panelists to Change Their Behavior?

It’s an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior?
February 8, 2017

How to Play Referee as a Panel Moderator: When the Hot Topic Gets Too Hot

There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!
February 1, 2017

How to Use Twitter During a Panel Discussion

Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you’re thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion.  Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right? […]
January 25, 2017

Panel Moderators: Open Your Panel Discussion with these 5 Elements

Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion?  Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?
January 11, 2017

3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session […]
January 3, 2017

Criteria for a Successful Panel Discussion

I’ve been talking to a gaggle (which is not quite a google) of meeting planners over the last several years about what makes a panel discussion […]
December 20, 2016

The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion.  The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves […]
December 14, 2016

Panelist Orientation: What Every Moderator Needs to Tell Their Panelists

Never, ever assume that your panelists have served on a panel discussion. Confirm these details to make sure they are clear about the expectations and comfortable […]
December 8, 2016

Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB.  Not only was it an […]
November 30, 2016

Give Chocolate to Inspire Discussion

At a recent panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation Conference in New Orleans, LA, the panel moderator wanted to encourage audience members to share […]
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