April 3, 2019

4 Types of Stories to Tell to Spark Audience Interest

Once upon a time….
March 25, 2019

Have a Spirited Debate, Not a Heated Debate During a Panel Discussion

Since we desperately want diverse points of view on a panel (otherwise, it’s just plain boring), I am often asked how a panel moderator can make […]
March 24, 2019

An Improv Game to Solicit Progressive Panelist Answers

Have you ever seen the Improv game “Pillars?”  If you have, that’s great, if not, it may take you a minute more to appreciate this technique […]
March 19, 2019

What is “Moderator Malpractice?”

I heard a new term this past week: “Moderator Malpractice.”  Since I adore alliteration, I had to investigate further (in other words, I Googled it).
March 6, 2019

How to Use Attention-Grabbing Video Snippets During a Panel Discussion

Want to start your panel discussion with a bang?  With drama?  With emotion?  Or, switch gears using a video snippet – a quick, short video clip that […]
February 27, 2019

Should Panel Moderators “Practice” Moderating their Panel?

Let’s take a poll: How many of you “practice” moderating your panel like you would for a speech?  Most savvy presenters map out the speech, write the […]
February 21, 2019

How to Illustrate a “Conversational Drumbeat” to Panelists

I am often asked how you get panelists, who are used to being extremely polite to be more conversational.  Especially if they have served on many […]
February 13, 2019

Create a “Front Porch” Dialogue at Your Next Panel Discussion

I just read an article in PCMA Convene magazine on the “Traveling Front Porch” – The Promiseland Project to reunite the polarized America and help citizens […]
February 6, 2019

Panel Moderators: Bring the RIGHT Level of Energy to a Panel

Many years ago, I was on an hour-long panel moderated by a close friend.  It was her first time moderating a panel about a topic she […]
January 22, 2019

How Moderators Can Manage Awkward Audience Comments

Birth.Movies.Death editor Scott Wampler kicked off a hilarious thread where he begs the question: “Literally everyone in this stupid business has an A+ ‘crazy guy at the junket/Q&A’ […]
January 16, 2019

How to Transform a Boring Academic Panel Discussion

IMHO, panel discussions should be the highlight of your conference. The panel brings together thought leaders, experts, and practitioners about a specific subject of interest to […]
January 8, 2019

5 Essential Elements of a Powerful Panelist

I just finished an interview with executive coach Pam Fox Rollin on how to be a powerful panelist during a panel discussion at a meeting, conference, […]
January 2, 2019

What is the “CNN panel effect?”

In this second week of the U.S. Government shutdown, my husband and I continually flip between CNN and Fox – noticing how two different media outlets […]
December 18, 2018

How Can a Panel Discussion Be TRULY One of a Kind?

As a panel discussion aficionado, I geek out over my Google Alerts on all things about panels.  So I was curious when this press release hit […]
December 11, 2018

How to Deal with a Lull In Conversation During a Panel Discussion

As a panel moderator or a panelist, what do you do when your panel discussion hits a lull in the conversation?  What action can you take when […]
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