June 24, 2020

Moderators: Figure Out Your Handout Strategy

Especially in these times of virtual panels, many panelists want to provide more value to the audience in the form of a handout.  That’s what they […]
June 16, 2020

Alter Your Appearance to Excite Your Panel Audience

As we continue to practice social distancing, we still need to meet, albeit virtually.  And we’ll still have the ubiquitous panel discussions with a group of […]
June 10, 2020

How Even the Least Funny Panel Moderators Can Use Humor

A seasoned panel moderator was asked, “Is it necessary to use humor in a panel discussion?” The moderator responded, “Not unless you want people to listen.”
June 3, 2020

Do a Formal Critique to Improve Panel Moderation Skills

The main way to learn how to moderate a panel is to moderate a panel discussion.  Not just one, but many.  Note what works and what doesn’t […]
May 6, 2020

Panel Moderators: Prepare Your “Cutoff Phrases” Ahead of Time

It’s not a matter of “if” one of your panelists on your panel discussion will ramble off-topic.  It is when it will happen. Especially when moderating a […]
February 13, 2020

Everything Panel Moderators Should Discuss With Their Meeting Organizer

Just as an excellent party requires an overall theme, marvelous guests and careful planning before the party can start, so does an excellent panel discussion.  And […]
December 24, 2019

Yes, President Trump – Moderators Matter: How Moderators Influence the Debate

President Trump is considering boycotting the 2020 TV debates because he thinks all the debate moderators are biased against him.  And he’s right.  As human beings, we […]
November 4, 2019

Provocative and Polarizing Questions for Your Panel Discussion

A panel without some kind of controversy, otherwise known as a difference of opinion, makes for an extremely boring panel.
October 23, 2019

Panel Moderators: You MUST Have an Emergency Action Plan

As the panel moderator, you have prepared for an amazingly powerful panel discussion.  You’ve thought about the panelists, created an interesting format, and curated provocative questions.  […]
July 16, 2019

Make Your Mark as a Moderator with Opening Remarks

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) […]
June 13, 2019

“A Panel of Five” Moderators for the First Democratic Primary Debate!?

NBC just announced “a panel of five” moderators for the first Democratic Primary Debate:
May 20, 2019

Town Hall Moderator Chris Wallace’s Silence: Coward or Professional Moderator?

Back in March, the Democratic National Committee rejected Fox News from hosting any of the twelve scheduled debates in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. […]
April 30, 2019

4 Ways to Surprise the Panel Audience with a “Celebrity”

If you would like to add a sense of awe and buzz in the halls at your next panel discussion, consider having a “surprise” guest – […]
April 22, 2019

Taking a FRESH Angle on the 2019-2020 Presidential Debates

The 2019-20 Presidential Debate season is going to be a hot mess.  While most pundits are going to discuss what each candidate said, I’ll be taking […]
April 17, 2019

Ask the Audience for a Verbal Response During a Panel Discussion

An easy way to get the audience engaged early on in your panel discussion is to ask for a verbal response.  Preachers do this all the […]
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