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 […]
April 8, 2019

Using Examples VS. Illustrations to Spark a Powerful Panel

One easy way to spark some interest in your panel discussion is to ask for an example, an illustration or a case study from one (or […]
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 15, 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 […]
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 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’ […]
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