March 17, 2021

Participant-Centered Approach to Curate Panel Discussion Questions

Bob Pike, Chairman and Founder of the Training and Performance Forum, shared this panel discussion format of “capturing the question” using small groups during a panel […]
January 20, 2021

Pitiful Panel Discussions: The Panelists’ or Moderators’ Fault?

It’s a cryin’ shame.  Panel discussions don’t live up to their potential – a fabulous, spontaneous discussion between really smart people to create valuable takeaways for […]
November 25, 2020

Ways to Thank a Panelist in a Way They Will Appreciate

Thanksgiving is this week – hooray!  It’s my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It is a special time to reflect on all the blessings we […]
November 11, 2020

You CAN Commemorate Veterans During Your Panel Discussion

As a proud veteran of the US Coast Guard, please take a moment in time to thank the men and women who serve this country – […]
July 15, 2020

COVID Questions to Ask Before You Agree to Moderate a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked to moderate a live, face-to-face panel.  After my initial shock (what? Live?  Do you not know that the COVID-19 virus is still […]
May 6, 2020

Panel Moderators: Prepare Your “Cutoff Phrases” Ahead of Time

It’s not a matter of “if” one of your panelists on your panel discussion will ramble off-topic.  It is when it will happen. Especially when moderating a […]
April 15, 2020

Take Your Panel Discussion on a Journey with this Storytelling Technique

No, I am not going to talk about the coronavirus. (thank goodness!), but I do want to tell you a story… Once upon a time….
April 1, 2020
How to Structure a Panel Discussion

How to Create Spontaneity During Your Panel Discussion

Want your panel discussion to be memorable?  Maybe even have a viral moment at the conference?  The trick is to have the panel moderator and/or panelists […]
November 13, 2019

The Debateless Presidential Debate

Next week’s Democratic Presidential debate will feature a ‘balanced’ number of questions for candidates – by not allowing the candidates to debate each other.
September 24, 2019

Avoid This Bias to Avoid Lackluster Panels

I have long thought that inattention or ignorance were the cause of lackluster panels.  Inattention in that the meeting organizers, moderators, and panelists simply show up […]
August 12, 2019

7 Ways You Can Get Your Message Out During a Panel Discussion

As a panelist who wants to be successful at an upcoming panel discussion, you’ll put the work in, doing the work needed to look brilliant and […]
July 2, 2019

How to Use BINGO During a Panel Discussion

You might have noticed that I’ve been reporting on the Democratic Presidential Primary debates!  And as I was trolling about looking for tidbits of information, I […]
April 3, 2019

4 Types of Stories to Tell to Spark Audience Interest

Once upon a time….
March 19, 2019

What is “Moderator Malpractice?”

I heard a new term this past week: “Moderator Malpractice.”  Since I adore alliteration, I had to investigate further (in other words, I Googled it).
February 13, 2019

Create a “Front Porch” Dialogue at Your Next Panel Discussion

I just read an article in PCMA Convene magazine on the “Traveling Front Porch” – The Promiseland Project to reunite the polarized America and help citizens […]
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