February 27, 2018

Poll the Panelists to Start a Panel Discussion

I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to start a panel discussion. Sometimes, the panel moderator will poll the audience to get a baseline for […]
February 23, 2018

Cooking Up the Perfect Panel Discussion

Moderating a panel discussion is much like baking. It requires a great recipe and a bit of preparation for a successful outcome. Some elements will need […]
February 14, 2018

WHEN Should Panelists Know the Questions in Advance?

I was moderating a panel discussion this week when an audience member approached me afterward and asked, “Did the panelists know the questions in advance?”
January 8, 2018

Panels are the Easy Way to Show Gender Diversity – or Are They?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has received some harsh criticism lately for the lack of female keynote speakers at this year’s show.
December 20, 2017

A Fun Technique to Open Your Next Panel Discussion

Take a cue from Improv with this fun, conversational opening to your next panel discussion:
December 14, 2017

Innovative Panel Discussion Format: “The P-Cubed Format”

I am attending a national convention that is using an innovative panel discussion format that I am calling the “P-Cubed Format.” Here’s how it goes:
December 6, 2017

Panel Discussion Format: “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank”

You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the […]
December 1, 2017

Unique Panel Discussion Format to Boost Excitement

Brian Walter, Founder of Extreme Meetings shares this unique format that will seriously grab the attention of your entire organization:
November 20, 2017

4 Roles to Cast When Selecting Panelists

Some words of wisdom from fellow professional panel moderator, Brian Walter: If you are in charge of the panel you want to “cast for contrast.” And […]
November 8, 2017

How to Co-Moderate a Panel Discussion

Recently, I was asked to co-moderate a panel discussion with a dear friend and colleague.  “Wouldn’t it be fun?” she said.  Yes, it can be – […]
November 2, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Ace the Art of Follow-up Questions

As a panel moderator, there is a distinct art to asking follow-up questions during a panel discussion – those questions you ask to probe further into […]
October 19, 2017

How to Start a Panel Discussion to Ensure Panelist Success

The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical.  Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do.  The audience (and panelists) […]
October 12, 2017

Pop the Cork Technique for Audience Q&A

I just inhaled Chip and Dan Heath’s new book: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary Impact – primarily for the insights into our ability […]
October 4, 2017

Prepare to be a Brilliant Panelist with these Steps

Perhaps you’ve been asked to serve as a panelist in an upcoming panel discussion…and you may be wondering, “What do I have to do to be […]
September 20, 2017

12 Tips to Moderate a Panel Discussion that Flows Naturally

One of the panel moderator’s most important responsibilities is to keep the conversation flowing naturally.  Like a good talk show host, here are 12 tips to […]
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