February 16, 2017

Can a Panel Moderator Challenge Panelists to Change Their Behavior?

It’s an intriguing thought: Can a panel moderator challenge the panelists to change their own behavior?
February 8, 2017

How to Play Referee as a Panel Moderator: When the Hot Topic Gets Too Hot

There are times when the topic is so divisive that the panel moderator must become a referee!
January 25, 2017

Panel Moderators: Open Your Panel Discussion with these 5 Elements

Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion?  Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?
December 20, 2016

The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion.  The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves […]
December 14, 2016

Panelist Orientation: What Every Moderator Needs to Tell Their Panelists

Never, ever assume that your panelists have served on a panel discussion. Confirm these details to make sure they are clear about the expectations and comfortable […]
December 8, 2016

Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB.  Not only was it an […]
November 16, 2016

How Panel Moderators Can Manage Panelist PowerPoint Slides

I am currently preparing for a panel discussion where one panelist is insistent that she needs PowerPoint slides.  Considering that slides are usually for presentations – and […]
November 10, 2016

Beware of Celebrity Panel Discussion Moderators

During a recent conversation with a client, I was testing out my panel discussion moderator selection hypothesis: That they prefer a “celebrity” or “well-known name” (to […]
October 27, 2016

How to Moderate an Impromptu Panel – with No Preparation!

It happens. You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you don’t have access to the panelists beforehand. You’re not even sure who the panelists […]
October 21, 2016

How Did Presidential Debate Moderator Chris Wallace Do?

It was the last of the 2016 Presidential debates, and I was stuck in a car driving from a speaking engagement toward home.  Good news is […]
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! […]
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 […]
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.
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