January 7, 2016

10 Top-Rated Blog Posts on Panel Discussions in 2015

Happy New Year to all panelists, panel moderators, and those who may be preparing or perfecting their skills for an upcoming panel discussion. Per our tradition, Joe and I are […]
December 17, 2015
PanelQuestions

How to Create GREAT Panel Questions for Your Next Panel Discussion

This article will explore the creation of panel questions initially posed by the moderator. We will cover the 9 steps to create good panel questions.
November 19, 2015

10 Actions Moderators Can Do AFTER the Panel Discussion is Over

Congratulations! You have moderated an amazingly successful panel discussion. You met the panel objectives, delivered on the promise, made the panelists look like heroes and the […]
October 29, 2015

Republican Primary Presidential Debate Moderation was Snarky and Awkward

Last night’s Republican Primary Presidential debate was snarky, awkward and just plain weird.
September 30, 2015

How to Get Your Panel Discussion Proposal Approved by Conference Organizers

I was having a great conversation with Mark Milroy, CAE, Vice President of Learning at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.  He has seen ALOT of panel proposals […]
September 3, 2015

Panel Reputation: Chicken or the Egg?

A conference organizer recently emailed, “Unfortunately the fact that most people (certainly in our market) don’t have a high regard for panel discussions is one of […]
July 29, 2015

Spice Up Your Next Panel Discussion with the Newlywed Game!

I’m always on the look-out for unique ways to spice up a panel discussion – and most of them seemed to be based on TV games […]
July 16, 2015

9 Reasons Why Comic-Con Panels Are So Popular

San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest conference celebrating the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture, just ended. Although I can’t prove it, I believe […]
June 24, 2015

How and When to Manage Audience Q&A

Questions from the audience can enrich a panel discussion or derail it, so decide ahead of time when and how you will manage questions. You can:
June 17, 2015

Are You Creating “Wizard of Oz” Moments in Your Panel?

Audiences have a love/hate relationship with panels.
June 10, 2015

How Much Research Should the Panel Moderator Do?

How much research should a moderator do in preparation for a panel discussion? For some, not a lot is required because they are a seasoned moderator […]
May 20, 2015

Challenging the Statement “Panels Don’t Add Value”

“Oh, we don’t use panels at our conferences,” says the meeting organizer for a well-known conference.
May 7, 2015

Asking Your Panelists the Tough Questions: What Makes a Question Powerful?

These are tough questions to ask a high-profile political figure:
March 6, 2015

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Panels?

Is there such a thing as too many panels?  Absolutely.
November 21, 2014

How to Overcome Deathly Panel Q&A

An important aspect of every panel discussion is creating interaction with the audience – before, during and after the panel discussion.
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