how to moderate a panel discussion

October 31, 2018

How to Ace a “Strategic Moment” as a Panel Moderator

Have you ever been on a panel (or watched a panel discussion) when the topic started out in one direction, and because of the synergy of […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
February 23, 2018

Cooking Up the Perfect Panel Discussion

Moderating a panel discussion is much like baking. It requires a great recipe and a bit of preparation for a successful outcome. Some elements will need […]
February 14, 2018

WHEN Should Panelists Know the Questions in Advance?

I was moderating a panel discussion this week when an audience member approached me afterward and asked, “Did the panelists know the questions in advance?”
October 19, 2017

How to Start a Panel Discussion to Ensure Panelist Success

The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical.  Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do.  The audience (and panelists) […]
October 27, 2016

How to Moderate an Impromptu Panel – with No Preparation!

It happens. You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you don’t have access to the panelists beforehand. You’re not even sure who the panelists […]
July 26, 2016

Creative and Audience-Engaging Ways to Conclude a Panel Discussion

My gosh!  Time is flying so fast!  You’ve been facilitating a brilliant panel discussion, and you have just a few minutes to conclude the session.
July 19, 2016

Top 10 Times to Intervene as a Panel Moderator

Regardless of how prestigious your panelists are as well as the intense preparation you put into your panel discussion, you must intervene when a panelist:
June 29, 2016

A Panel Discussion Case Study: Strategic Meetings Management (SMM)

We’ve gotten so many compliments on the SMM panel discussion at MPI’s World Education Forum, that I thought it would be useful to break the process […]
June 14, 2016

Where Should the Panel Moderator Stand?

I am often asked where the moderator should be stationed.  While there is no “right” place to be located, make your decision based on the the […]
February 24, 2016

How to Spark a More Controversial Panel Discussion

The best panels spark a little controversy, show a difference of opinion among the panelists, and for some formats, actually generate some downright heated discussions!
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 […]
September 24, 2015

Opening Salvo vs. Opening Remarks in a Panel Discussion

Harry A. Overstreet, an American Educator who was the first to write about the panel process said, “No one, under any circumstances, is to rise and […]
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