Powerful Panels Blog

August 5, 2020

Lessons to Learn from a Virtual Panel Discussion on Wardrobe

As a Nordstrom cardholder since 1982, I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend “The Virtual Anniversary: The Capsule Wardrobe.”  Based on the title, I […]
August 2, 2020

Differences Between Moderating an In-Person and Virtual Panel Discussion

If you can’t moderate a panel discussion well in the live, face-to-face world, you probably won’t do a great job in the virtual world. And why […]
July 29, 2020

Enhance the Virtual Panel Discussion Experience with Tips from Comic-Con

The mother of all panel events is San Diego Comic-Con where 6,500 people line up for Hall H.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you had a […]
July 22, 2020

4 Ideas to Engage the Audience Before a Virtual Panel Discussion

I recently attended a virtual panel discussion that went a bit sideways right out of the gate.  Rather than use the “waiting room” feature and have […]
July 15, 2020

COVID Questions to Ask Before You Agree to Moderate a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked to moderate a live, face-to-face panel.  After my initial shock (what? Live?  Do you not know that the COVID-19 virus is still […]
July 9, 2020

10 Stimulating Variations to Taking an Online Poll

Polling the audience is a great way to engage the audience at the onset of your panel, during the discussion and even at the end.  But […]
July 1, 2020

Creative Ways of Getting Virtual Audience Feedback

You’ve decided you want to poll the audience to get their opinion, select among a limited number of options, or to gauge their level of interest […]
June 24, 2020

Moderators: Figure Out Your Handout Strategy

Especially in these times of virtual panels, many panelists want to provide more value to the audience in the form of a handout.  That’s what they […]
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, panel discussions will be virtual (where everybody is geographically dispersed, connected through a digital platform) or hybrid (where there is a group […]
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 […]
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