April 20, 2018

Panel Discussion Case Study: The Programmatic Punch

Here’s the challenge: A full day of panels discussing “Programmatic Trading” with intense topics such as blockchain, compensation for ad fraud, and other detailed discussions.
April 9, 2018

Hot Seat Question Panel Discussion Format

When the panel discussion consists of the top executives from the organization, it may be a bit difficult to inspire tough, provocative questions from the audience.
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 […]
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:
December 14, 2017

Innovative Panel Discussion Format: “The P-Cubed Format”

I am attending a national convention that is using an innovative panel discussion format that I am calling the “P-Cubed Format.” Here’s how it goes:
December 6, 2017

Panel Discussion Format: “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank”

You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the […]
December 1, 2017

Unique Panel Discussion Format to Boost Excitement

Brian Walter, Founder of Extreme Meetings shares this unique format that will seriously grab the attention of your entire organization:
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 24, 2017

Audience and Panelist Engagement AFTER the Panel Discussion

So what happens AFTER the panel discussion?  People hover around the panelists wanting to ask their specific question.  What about everyone else?  What if they want […]
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 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 […]
March 5, 2017

Recent Data on the Diversity of Panel Discussions

Every day, Google sends me the links to any article posted on the Internet that contains the words “panel discussion,” “panel moderator” or “panel moderation.” I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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