October 20, 2021
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Demonstration Panel Format to Discuss Best Practices

During this week’s Powerful Panel Podcast, David Cruickshank shared his “demonstration panel format” which is a brilliant format to share and discuss best practices. Cruickshank mostly […]
June 16, 2021
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What are the Best Panel Questions to Ask?

Last week, I wrote about good panel questions and a reader emailed me to ask, “If that’s what’s GOOD, what are the BEST panel questions to […]
June 15, 2021
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Good Panel Discussion Questions

Dsicover the 6 attributes of a good panel discussion question AND the 7 Issues with Non-planned panel discussion questions.
June 3, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

Panel Moderation Technique: The Audience as the Fourth Panelist

During a recent interview with Sarah Michel, VP of Connexity at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, she mentioned a technique she uses when moderating a panel discussion: The […]
May 26, 2021
How to Structure a Panel Discussion

How To Structure a Panel Discussion

The typical panel consists of seven tasks that are performed in the following order: Welcome Panelist introductions Panelist presentations and/or initial remarks Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists Questions from the audience directed to a panelist(s) Summary Thank you and final administrative remarks The panel moderator may opt to do all seven tasks, omit some, combine a few, or design a unique format to achieve the overall desired results.
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
February 23, 2021

Plan Panelist Introductions that Benefit the Audience

Somewhere at the beginning of your panel discussion, the panelists need to be introduced.  You would think this is is a simple task. There are several […]
February 17, 2021

Play “Spin the Wheel” to Avoid a Repetitious Panel Discussion

I was just critiquing a “Panel Discussion” where the panel moderator posed a question to a panelist (or two) and then moved on to the next […]
February 9, 2021

Tactful Transitions to Move the Audience Through a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of chunking up a panel discussion into bite-sized segments.  For example, if you take a look at the traditional panel format, you […]
September 9, 2020

Prompt Brilliant Panelist Discussion with the “What If” Game

Who knows what the future holds for you, me, our community, our country, the world?  These are the questions that many panel moderators are posing to […]
August 5, 2020

Lessons to Learn from a Virtual Panel Discussion on Wardrobe

As a Nordstrom cardholder since 1982, I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend “The Virtual Anniversary: The Capsule Wardrobe.”  Based on the title, I […]
November 4, 2019

Provocative and Polarizing Questions for Your Panel Discussion

A panel without some kind of controversy, otherwise known as a difference of opinion, makes for an extremely boring panel.
October 30, 2019

Try “Layered Group Listening” in a Panel Discussion

   Panel Moderator Chip Bell shared a unique format he has used at Harley Davidson, Victoria’s Secret and other companies.  He calls it ‘Layered Group Listening’ […]
October 2, 2019
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Sample Script for a Panel Discussion

A recent reader asked me about scripting a panel discussion – and if I had any examples/samples of scripts for a panel discussion.
August 28, 2019

How to Pull Off a StreetPitch Panel Discussion Format

In today’s innovation-driven environment, everyone from executives to event organizers can appreciate novel ways of moving ideas closer to impact. From external sites like Kickstarter to […]
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