March 31, 2016

Audience-Engaging, Powerful Panel Discussion Format

I’m always on the lookout for a smart, brisk panel discussion format, so I was delighted to witness Michael Wilkinson, Managing Director of Leadership Strategies moderate a […]
March 23, 2016

Panelist’s Point of View: Preparation, Panel Topics and the Right Panelists

Ian Cleary runs razorsocial.com, is an expert in social media tools, and speaks at various conferences. He has attended several panel discussions, he is frequently asked to be a […]
March 10, 2016

20 Tips From 20 Professional Panel Moderators

I inhale just about everything on the web about panel discussions – the good, the bad, and the ugly. With 197 million entries on “how to moderate a […]
March 3, 2016

How to Start Out Your Panel Discussion

You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you know the first few moments will make or break the success of the session. Typically, you’ll […]
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!
February 18, 2016

Powerful Questions to Ask Any Panelist

I was chatting with Dutch Driver, a colleague from the early days of facilitation (we actually used a listserv to communicate!), about the power of asking a […]
February 11, 2016

12 Ways Panel Moderators Can Manage Time Effectively During a Panel Discussion

Your audience can get really annoyed when the moderator doesn’t manage time well during a panel discussion.  All it takes is for the moderator to take […]
February 3, 2016

How to Create Audience-Centered Seating for your Panel Discussions

You walk into the room and see a traditional seating set-up for your panel discussion:  White draped table at the front on a podium, theater-style with […]
January 28, 2016

Panelists and Panel Moderators Should Provide Visual Diversity

I’m a little rankled about a recent posting from the NY Magazine about a panel at Davos about gender equality….and it was all men.  (We’ve talked about […]
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 […]
January 7, 2016

10 Top-Rated Blog Posts on Panel Discussions in 2015

Happy New Year to all panelists, panel moderators, and those who may be preparing or perfecting their skills for an upcoming panel discussion. Per our tradition, Joe and I are […]
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 […]
October 21, 2015

Panel Moderator Checklist: Meeting with Panelists Prior to Panel Discussions

It’s almost showtime!  45-60 minutes before the panel discussion is to start, the panel moderator and the panelists should meet each other face to face for about 15 […]
October 15, 2015

Attention Meeting Professionals: The Main Reason Your Panels are Boring

This week at IMEX America in Las Vegas, I was speaking about how to make your panel discussions go from boring to bravo. Before the session […]
October 7, 2015

27 Popular Panel Discussion Formats to Spark Your Creativity!

One of the most important tasks for a meeting organizer and panel moderator to do is to create an appropriate structure and panel discussion formats. What's the difference? Consider the structure to be the essential framework of the panel discussion, (the tasks, the flow, and the timing) whereas the format gives it the shape, color, life, and energy. Formats come in all kinds of shapes and sizes - the creativity is boundless! However, there are generally five types of formats that I have seen in the in-person and virtual world.
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