October 20, 2021
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Demonstration Panel Format to Discuss Best Practices

During this week’s Powerful Panel Podcast, David Cruickshank shared his “demonstration panel format” which is a brilliant format to share and discuss best practices. Cruickshank mostly […]
June 3, 2021
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Panel Moderation Technique: The Audience as the Fourth Panelist

During a recent interview with Sarah Michel, VP of Connexity at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, she mentioned a technique she uses when moderating a panel discussion: The […]
April 7, 2021

Pack a 1-2-3 Panel Discussion Punch!

Thank goodness the pandemic ice storm is beginning to thaw and we’re starting to venture outside and meeting in person again.  Most agree, we cannot “go […]
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
March 11, 2021

The Very Best Virtual Panel Discussion Ever!?

#BestPanelEver. It was, literally, one of the best virtual/hybrid panels I’ve seen all year. And I wasn’t the only one who was thinking that – the […]
February 9, 2021

Tactful Transitions to Move the Audience Through a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of chunking up a panel discussion into bite-sized segments.  For example, if you take a look at the traditional panel format, you […]
September 9, 2020

Prompt Brilliant Panelist Discussion with the “What If” Game

Who knows what the future holds for you, me, our community, our country, the world?  These are the questions that many panel moderators are posing to […]
August 5, 2020

Lessons to Learn from a Virtual Panel Discussion on Wardrobe

As a Nordstrom cardholder since 1982, I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend “The Virtual Anniversary: The Capsule Wardrobe.”  Based on the title, I […]
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 […]
October 30, 2019

Try “Layered Group Listening” in a Panel Discussion

   Panel Moderator Chip Bell shared a unique format he has used at Harley Davidson, Victoria’s Secret and other companies.  He calls it ‘Layered Group Listening’ […]
August 28, 2019

How to Pull Off a StreetPitch Panel Discussion Format

In today’s innovation-driven environment, everyone from executives to event organizers can appreciate novel ways of moving ideas closer to impact. From external sites like Kickstarter to […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 6, 2019

Ask Your Panelists an Awesome Story-Question

Everyone likes a good story….especially when it’s a train wreck!  So how do you get your panelists to spill the goods?
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