November 23, 2016

Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I […]
November 16, 2016

How Panel Moderators Can Manage Panelist PowerPoint Slides

I am currently preparing for a panel discussion where one panelist is insistent that she needs PowerPoint slides.  Considering that slides are usually for presentations – and […]
November 10, 2016

Beware of Celebrity Panel Discussion Moderators

During a recent conversation with a client, I was testing out my panel discussion moderator selection hypothesis: That they prefer a “celebrity” or “well-known name” (to […]
November 2, 2016

Panel Discussions Should “Spill Secrets”

Since I routinely troll the internet for examples of panel discussions, my Google Alert sent me an article this morning: Crowdfunding Experts Spill Their Secrets For […]
October 27, 2016

How to Moderate an Impromptu Panel – with No Preparation!

It happens. You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you don’t have access to the panelists beforehand. You’re not even sure who the panelists […]
October 21, 2016

How Did Presidential Debate Moderator Chris Wallace Do?

It was the last of the 2016 Presidential debates, and I was stuck in a car driving from a speaking engagement toward home.  Good news is […]
October 10, 2016

Second 2016 Presidential Debate: Who Moderates the Moderator?

I had high hopes for the second presidential debate for the 2016 election. The debate format was intended to be a “town hall” format:
October 5, 2016

How Did the Vice Presidential Debate Moderator Do?

I wanted to giggle….again. The 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate format last night was quite similar to the first Presidential Debate format: According to the Commission on Presidential […]
September 27, 2016

How Did Debate Moderator Lester Holt Do During the First 2016 Presidential Debate?

I had to giggle.  The first 2016 Presidential debate format was going to include six 15-minute segments with the debate moderator, NBC’s Lester Holt to ask […]
September 26, 2016

Should the Moderator Fact-check the Political Debate Candidates?

I took last week off for a little overdue R&R – only to come back to the most influential and controversial Presidential debate in modern history! […]
September 7, 2016

The Illustrated Panel Discussion Format

I’ve been devouring Chris Anderson’s new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.  In his closing comments, he says, “I’ve become convinced that […]
August 31, 2016

10 Ways a Panelist Can Liven Up a Panel Discussion

You had a sneaking suspicion this was going happen. A good friend asked you to be on a panel, and it’s not going so well. Even […]
August 24, 2016

A Brilliant and Highly Engaging Panel Format

Dr. John McLaughlin, creator and host of the political talk show,“The McLaughlin Group” died at age 89 on Wednesday.
August 17, 2016

How to Effectively Use a Prop in a Panel Discussion

Have you ever thought about using a “prop” to add a little pizazz to your panel discussion?
August 10, 2016

Extraordinary Panel Case Study: Interview with a Professional Panel Moderator

I had the good fortune to interview Kate Delaney about her role as moderator of NSA’s Influence ’16 amazing panel discussion “Creating and Curating Relevant and Valuable Content” with […]
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