Panel Format

October 16, 2018

7 Tactics to Take a Panel Discussion from Uninspired to Unforgettable

Nowhere is fascination more relevant and important than during a panel discussion at a big meeting or conference.  After all, your audience’s expectations aren’t that high.  […]
October 9, 2018

The Spotlight Panel Discussion – Comic-Con Style

Here’s a new term for you: the Spotlight Panel.  First featured by the ultimate panel destination, San Diego Comic-Con, the Spotlight Panel Session is exactly what […]
October 2, 2018

Punctuate Your Panel Discussion with a Group Activity

A panel discussion ain’t over until it’s over!  Why not punctuate your panel with a group activity to discuss what just happened?  Here are three ways […]
September 26, 2018

Have Your Panelists Ask a Question to the AUDIENCE

Want to really shift gears, throw a wrench into an otherwise traditional panel discussion?  Ask one of your panelists to ask a question to a specific […]
September 14, 2018

Let the Audience Drive a Panel Discussion with Question Cards

Where does a panel moderator get the actual questions to ask the panel? According to my colleague and Founder of Extreme Meetings, Brian Walter, he says, […]
September 10, 2018

How to Play Musical Chairs to Make Your Panel Discussion SHINE

Remember the game, Musical Chairs?  It’s a party game where you have one less chair than the number of people.  When the music starts, everyone circles […]
August 15, 2018

Play Frisbee to Pump UP Your Panel Discussion

Want to add more pizzazz to your audience Q&A during a panel discussion?  Try playing Foam Frisbee!
July 10, 2018

A Rapid-Fire Poll Revs Up a Panel Discussion

  Here’s another technique to shift gears and change the pace in your panel discussion: Take a rapid-fire poll of the panelists!
July 2, 2018

Provocative Panel Discussion Game: “Would You Rather?”

Perhaps you are familiar with the party board game, “Would You Rather?”  The premise is fairly simple:  The player picks a card with a precarious dilemma and […]
June 12, 2018

Interject a Lightning Round Into Your Panel Discussion

Ready to shift gears?  Shake it up?  Change the tempo of the traditional, ho-hum boring panel discussion? About two-thirds of the way into your panel discussion, […]
June 8, 2018

Use the “Card Swap” to Create Intriguing Audience Questions

We’ve talked before about engaging the audience early during a panel discussion.  One of my favorite ways is to turn to the audience and ask them […]
May 22, 2018

Engage the Audience with the Agree/Disagree Game

Want to break up a rather mundane panel discussion?  Try polling the panelists!
May 14, 2018

Panel Discussion Format Case Study: Panelist Competition

Today’s guest blog is brought to you by  Jan-Jaap In der Maur. Jan-Jaap is a meeting-moderator and facilitator, owner and founder of Mastersinmoderation.com, and a keynote speaker on […]
May 2, 2018

Try the Improv Technique to Spice Up a Panel Discussion

In Tina Fey’s bestselling book, Bossypants, Fey shares, “the first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required […]
April 26, 2018

Not Your Traditional Audience Q&A

You’re conflicted.  As a panel moderator, you WANT to involve the audience. You know that it is important and you want to keep people interested, but […]
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