panel discussion format

August 6, 2019

Try the Entertaining “Hat Debate Format” for a Panel Discussion

When your panelists have differing viewpoints, try this “hat debate format” inspired by Jordan Weissmann at The Slate:
July 9, 2019

Acing an “UnPanel” – A Panel Without a Moderator

I have watched several panels who declare themselves as an “UnPanel” – a panel of 4-5 people without a moderator.  And it always ends up with […]
May 20, 2019

Town Hall Moderator Chris Wallace’s Silence: Coward or Professional Moderator?

Back in March, the Democratic National Committee rejected Fox News from hosting any of the twelve scheduled debates in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. […]
May 8, 2019

Playful Panels – How to Give Your Brain a Hand with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

It started with a bit of small talk. It was a party of local entrepreneurs and I met a fascinating woman who wrote her doctorate thesis […]
April 30, 2019

4 Ways to Surprise the Panel Audience with a “Celebrity”

If you would like to add a sense of awe and buzz in the halls at your next panel discussion, consider having a “surprise” guest – […]
April 8, 2019

Using Examples VS. Illustrations to Spark a Powerful Panel

One easy way to spark some interest in your panel discussion is to ask for an example, an illustration or a case study from one (or […]
February 21, 2019

How to Illustrate a “Conversational Drumbeat” to Panelists

I am often asked how you get panelists, who are used to being extremely polite to be more conversational.  Especially if they have served on many […]
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 […]
January 16, 2019

How to Transform a Boring Academic Panel Discussion

IMHO, panel discussions should be the highlight of your conference. The panel brings together thought leaders, experts, and practitioners about a specific subject of interest to […]
January 2, 2019

What is the “CNN panel effect?”

In this second week of the U.S. Government shutdown, my husband and I continually flip between CNN and Fox – noticing how two different media outlets […]
December 18, 2018

How Can a Panel Discussion Be TRULY One of a Kind?

As a panel discussion aficionado, I geek out over my Google Alerts on all things about panels.  So I was curious when this press release hit […]
October 9, 2018

The Spotlight Panel Discussion – Comic-Con Style

Here’s a new term for you: the Spotlight Panel.  First featured by the ultimate panel destination, San Diego Comic-Con, the Spotlight Panel Session is exactly what […]
October 2, 2018

Punctuate Your Panel Discussion with a Group Activity

A panel discussion ain’t over until it’s over!  Why not punctuate your panel with a group activity to discuss what just happened?  Here are three ways […]
September 17, 2018

Is a Panel Discussion Merely a “Staged Conversation?”

Is a panel discussion merely a “staged conversation” as noted by Indian author and frequent panelist Jerry Pinto in a recent blog posting?
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, […]
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