June 29, 2017

How to Facilitate Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

At some point during a panel discussion, the panel moderator will turn to the audience and ask for questions.  Most folks call this “Audience Q&A” where […]
June 20, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Deal with Lame Audience Questions

Ugh.  Sometimes, someone from the audience asks a lame question in a panel discussion.  As the panel moderator OR a panelist, I believe you have two […]
June 8, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Help Meeting Planners in Event Promotion

It’s sad, but true.  No one really thinks about the panel moderator during the marketing and promotion process.  Although the panel moderator is not directly responsible for […]
May 31, 2017

How Panel Moderators Can Intervene Firmly and Respectfully

As the moderator, you are the audience’s chief advocate.  If someone’s boring you, then chances are they are boring the audience as well.  If you think […]
May 10, 2017

Panel Moderator Research Tip: Find “Dead Space” in Your Topic

When doing your research in preparation for your panel discussion, find “the dead space” in the topic.
April 19, 2017

Panel Moderators: Tell Your Face to Smile!

As a panel discussion expert, I am always on the lookout for new ideas, formats, and styles.  So I’ve set up some Google Alerts to let […]
April 12, 2017

Panel Moderators: What to Do When Your Panelists Hate Each Other

I’ve talked about the importance of picking “DEEP” panelists – Diverse, Experienced, Eloquent, and Prepared.  But what happens if those panelists don’t get along?
March 21, 2017

Use Audience-Engagement for a Boring Panel Discussion Topic

Last week, I moderated a panel discussion on “risk assessment” – a potentially boring topic – but it wasn’t boring at all!  Why?  Because I involved […]
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 […]
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