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).
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
Panel Discussion Questions

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’ […]
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 […]
December 5, 2018

The Ultimate Playlist of Panel Moderator and Panelist Quick Video Tips

5% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all!  Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk […]
October 31, 2018

How to Ace a “Strategic Moment” as a Panel Moderator

Have you ever been on a panel (or watched a panel discussion) when the topic started out in one direction, and because of the synergy of […]
August 22, 2018

Larry King’s Total Flub as Panel Moderator

I was kinda surprised when I stumbled up on Jared Lindzon’s blog about Larry King and a panel he moderated at the Blockchain Futurist Conference in Toronto.  […]
August 7, 2018

How to Get Your Panelists to Spill their Secrets

How do you get your panelists to spill their secrets in a compelling way?  Ask your question in such a way that rather than just giving an […]
July 31, 2018

Moderators, Are You Over-preparing Your Panelists?

There is an inherent danger in over-preparing the panelists. Yes, you should talk to the panelists.  Outline what you want to see happen on the stage, […]
July 24, 2018

9 Reasons You May Actually Want to Be a Panel Moderator

A colleague asked an interesting question this week: “Why would anyone want to be a panel moderator?”
July 18, 2018

Panel Moderators: DON’T Do This to Your Panelists

Was just talking to a panelist about his recent experience in sharing his insights during a panel discussion.  One of his comments made me cringe:
June 28, 2018

Your First Question Could Ruin a Panel Discussion

So here’s the problem:  Most panels start with an incredibly long, incomprehensible, multipart question directed to the first panelist.  The person starts talking….and she’s going to keep […]
June 19, 2018

How to Get Executives to Prepare for a Panel Discussion

What are the odds of getting the executives together to prepare for your upcoming panel discussion?  Shockingly low!
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