audience engagement

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!
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!
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 […]
April 9, 2018

Hot Seat Question Panel Discussion Format

When the panel discussion consists of the top executives from the organization, it may be a bit difficult to inspire tough, provocative questions from the audience.
December 14, 2017

Innovative Panel Discussion Format: “The P-Cubed Format”

I am attending a national convention that is using an innovative panel discussion format that I am calling the “P-Cubed Format.” Here’s how it goes:
October 12, 2017

Pop the Cork Technique for Audience Q&A

I just inhaled Chip and Dan Heath’s new book: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments Have Extraordinary Impact – primarily for the insights into our ability […]
August 15, 2017

How to Let the Audience Drive the Panel Discussion

Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation.  It really has to be a perfect storm of conditions:
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 15, 2017

When Should You Use Microphones During a Panel Discussion?

I am often asked, “When do I NEED to use microphones during my panel discussion?”
May 24, 2017

Audience and Panelist Engagement AFTER the Panel Discussion

So what happens AFTER the panel discussion?  People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question.  What about everyone else?  What if they want […]
April 27, 2017

Executives: Shift Your Presentation to a Panel Discussion

At some point in their professional development, most executives learn how to give a speech.  They are able to share information with their investors, stakeholders, employees […]
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 […]
January 11, 2017

3 Times to Avoid Having an Audience Q&A During a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of audience interaction during a panel discussion, so you would think I would be a big proponent of having a Q&A session […]
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