March 7, 2018

American Idol Hot Seat Panel Discussion Format

American Idol is back, and what a great example of the “hot seat format” for a panel discussion!  On “American Idol,” the expert judges are the […]
February 27, 2018

Poll the Panelists to Start a Panel Discussion

I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to start a panel discussion. Sometimes, the panel moderator will poll the audience to get a baseline for […]
December 20, 2017

A Fun Technique to Open Your Next Panel Discussion

Take a cue from Improv with this fun, conversational opening to your next panel discussion:
September 13, 2017

Peer-Based, Impromptu Panel Discussion Format

At Connect Marketplace 2017, I was talking with Matt Dadey about an innovative panel format he experienced at the World Education Congress.  They had three panels […]
August 9, 2017

Turn a Panel Discussion into a Debate Using this Classic Debate Format

Everyone loves a good debate -especially if there is a strong sense of an even-handed process facilitated by a skilled moderator, there are opportunities for the […]
May 3, 2017

“Turn the Tables” in a Debate-Style Panel Discussion Format

PCMA recently highlighted an unusual debate-style panel format conducted at the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers’ (IAPCO) Annual Meeting in Dubai in February.
April 27, 2017

Executives: Shift Your Presentation to a Panel Discussion

At some point in their professional development, most executives learn how to give a speech.  They are able to share information with their investors, stakeholders, employees […]
April 6, 2017

When Is a Panel Discussion NOT a Panel Discussion?

Picture this:  A conference program proclaiming a “panel discussion of thought leaders.”  A room set with a lectern and four black wrought-iron bar stools.  An audience […]
February 22, 2017

Seven Typical Tasks in a Panel Discussion

The typical panel discussion structure consists of seven specific tasks: Welcome. The panel moderator welcomes the audience.  Tees up the topic and explains why it is a […]
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 […]
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 23, 2016

Take a Tip from Dr. Seuss: ACES Hatches a Panel Discussion!

I am always on the lookout for creative panel discussion formats, so when I found a panel using Dr. Seuss hats, I was intrigued.  So I […]
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 […]
October 10, 2016

Second 2016 Presidential Debate: Who Moderates the Moderator?

I had high hopes for the second presidential debate for the 2016 election. The debate format was intended to be a “town hall” format:
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 […]
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