August 1, 2016

Preparing and Facilitating Fabulous Panels – NSA Panel Discussion Debrief

Head’s Up! Deconstruction of NSA’s Influence ’16 amazing panel discussion moderated by our very own Kate Delaney! I’ll be chatting with her this Wednesday, 8/3 at […]
July 26, 2016

Creative and Audience-Engaging Ways to Conclude a Panel Discussion

My gosh!  Time is flying so fast!  You’ve been facilitating a brilliant panel discussion, and you have just a few minutes to conclude the session.
July 19, 2016

Top 10 Times to Intervene as a Panel Moderator

Regardless of how prestigious your panelists are as well as the intense preparation you put into your panel discussion, you must intervene when a panelist:
July 12, 2016

Should You Pay Your Panelists?

Dave emailed me a most intriguing question:  “Should I pay a someone to be part of our panel?  It’s a stand alone panel which is NOT affiliated with […]
June 29, 2016

A Panel Discussion Case Study: Strategic Meetings Management (SMM)

We’ve gotten so many compliments on the SMM panel discussion at MPI’s World Education Forum, that I thought it would be useful to break the process […]
June 23, 2016

Theater-in-the-Round: Room Set Case Study

When I walked in to MPI’s World Education Congress in Atlantic City last week, I was delighted to see the ballroom set in a theater-in-the-round!  The […]
June 14, 2016

Where Should the Panel Moderator Stand?

I am often asked where the moderator should be stationed.  While there is no “right” place to be located, make your decision based on the the […]
June 7, 2016

How to Execute a Powerful “Panel-in-the-Round”

Note: This is part three of a three part series on Theater-in-the-Round.  Today, the focus is on having a panel-in-the-round.  Enjoy! While theater-in-the-round is a unique audience-centered […]
June 1, 2016

Theater-in-the-Round: Speaking and Presenting Effectively

Note: This is part two of a three part series on Theater-in-the-Round.  Last week, the focus was on staging, this week is on speaking in the round, and then next […]
May 26, 2016

How To Set Up a Room for a Large Meeting

Note: This is part one of a three part series on Theater-in-the-Round.  Today, the focus is on staging, next week will be on speaking, and then having […]
May 15, 2016

How the Moderator Can Introduce the Panelists During a Panel Discussion

While there is great debate in the moderator community about who should introduce the panelists, let’s put it on record that I’m not a big fan […]
May 12, 2016

Here’s an Innovative SME/Panelist Format

If a Panel, a Q&A, and a Keynote Speaker Had a Baby……it would be DigitalNow‘s creative collaboration sessions, according to MeetingsNet.com. I was fascinated with MeetingsNet.com’s description […]
May 5, 2016

Ground Rules for Panelists During Panel Discussions

“OMIGOSH!  I knew this was going to happen!” If you think about it, a good panel moderator can see most of the things that can go wrong during […]
April 28, 2016

The Definition of a “Rapid Fire Panel Discussion”

“Rapid fire panel discussion sounds much more sexy than [boring] panel discussion, doesn’t it?  I admit, I was intrigued with the title when I stumbled upon […]
April 5, 2016

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions In a survey we conducted in 2014 of over 500 executives and meeting professionals, we asked, “What’s your absolute, biggest […]
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