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 […]
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 […]
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