February 1, 2017

How to Use Twitter During a Panel Discussion

Your audience is fairly social-media savvy, so you’re thinking about using Twitter to engage the audience during your panel discussion.  Sounds pretty simple and straightforward, right? […]
January 3, 2017

Criteria for a Successful Panel Discussion

I’ve been talking to a gaggle (which is not quite a google) of meeting planners over the last several years about what makes a panel discussion […]
December 20, 2016

The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion.  The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves […]
November 30, 2016

Give Chocolate to Inspire Discussion

At a recent panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation Conference in New Orleans, LA, the panel moderator wanted to encourage audience members to share […]
November 2, 2016

Panel Discussions Should “Spill Secrets”

Since I routinely troll the internet for examples of panel discussions, my Google Alert sent me an article this morning: Crowdfunding Experts Spill Their Secrets For […]
September 7, 2016

The Illustrated Panel Discussion Format

I’ve been devouring Chris Anderson’s new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.  In his closing comments, he says, “I’ve become convinced that […]
August 24, 2016

A Brilliant and Highly Engaging Panel Format

Dr. John McLaughlin, creator and host of the political talk show,“The McLaughlin Group” died at age 89 on Wednesday.
August 17, 2016

How to Effectively Use a Prop in a Panel Discussion

Have you ever thought about using a “prop” to add a little pizazz to your panel discussion?
August 10, 2016

Extraordinary Panel Case Study: Interview with a Professional Panel Moderator

I had the good fortune to interview Kate Delaney about her role as moderator of NSA’s Influence ’16 amazing panel discussion “Creating and Curating Relevant and Valuable Content” with […]
July 12, 2016

Should You Pay Your Panelists?

Dave emailed me a most intriguing question:  “Should I pay a someone to be part of our panel?  It’s a stand alone panel which is NOT affiliated with […]
May 15, 2016

How the Moderator Can Introduce the Panelists During a Panel Discussion

While there is great debate in the moderator community about who should introduce the panelists, let’s put it on record that I’m not a big fan […]
May 12, 2016

Here’s an Innovative SME/Panelist Format

If a Panel, a Q&A, and a Keynote Speaker Had a Baby……it would be DigitalNow‘s creative collaboration sessions, according to MeetingsNet.com. I was fascinated with MeetingsNet.com’s description […]
May 5, 2016

Ground Rules for Panelists During Panel Discussions

“OMIGOSH!  I knew this was going to happen!” If you think about it, a good panel moderator can see most of the things that can go wrong during […]
April 28, 2016

The Definition of a “Rapid Fire Panel Discussion”

“Rapid fire panel discussion sounds much more sexy than [boring] panel discussion, doesn’t it?  I admit, I was intrigued with the title when I stumbled upon […]
April 5, 2016

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions In a survey we conducted in 2014 of over 500 executives and meeting professionals, we asked, “What’s your absolute, biggest […]
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