January 20, 2016

Add a Little Crossfire to Your Panel Discussion

I’m always looking for ways to add a little pizazz to an otherwise boring panel discussion, and one of the best ways is to mimic a […]
December 18, 2015

Research Every Panel Moderator Must Do Before a Panel Discussion

As the moderator of a panel discussion, it is your job to facilitate the conversation so the audience receives tremendous value from their expertise and perspectives. […]
November 11, 2015

Call for a Lightning Round to Add Pizzazz to your Panel Discussion

Change up your format with a quick “Lightning Round” to add a little pizzazz to your next panel discussion.
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:
April 24, 2015

When the Panel Moderator is Also an Expert

Obviously, everyone has an opinion. But if you have a lot to say about the topic, then you should be a panelist and not the moderator. […]
March 28, 2014

Engage Your Panel Audience Early and Often

Today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction – especially during the panel discussion format.  Nothing will piss them off more than lengthy introductions, followed by […]
March 27, 2014

Limit the Number of Panelists in a Panel Discussion

I simply don’t understand the thinking of putting a dozen panelists in a panel discussion format that will last an hour or so.
March 21, 2014

No More Panelist Speeches During Panel Discussions!

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” published in the October, 1934 issue of […]
March 20, 2014
Panel Moderator

The Panel Moderator: The Pivotal Role in Panel Discussions

The moderator's job is to help the audience get their needs met through a panel format.  The moderator sets the tone, the pace, and control of the content, staying ever-vigilant in keeping it relevant for the audience.  It is the moderator's responsibility to make sure the panel is lively, engaging, and worthwhile.
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