August 9, 2015

Republican Presidential Primary Debate: How Did the Moderators Do?

Moderating a nationally televised debate is never easy.  Just ask Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, the moderators of Thursday’s first Republican Presidential […]
August 4, 2015

Try a “Lightning Round” to Increase Energy in Your Panel Discussions

Here’s another way to kick off the panel, finish it up, or interject some energy into the room – especially when you have a “boatload” of […]
September 15, 2014
What is a panel discussion

What is a Panel Discussion?

Harry A. Overstreet, an American educator, first coined the term “panel discussion” in a short article “On the Panel” in October 1934, issue of The Trained Nurse and Hospital Review.  In essence, Overstreet envisioned the purpose of a panel as a “glorified conversation [with] all the delight of generous give-and-take. And if it is a genuinely good conversation, it sends people away with a warm feeling not only that their own ideas have been clarified but that their understanding of other points of view has been broadened.”
September 2, 2014

The Anatomy of a Powerful Panel Discussion

Back in July, I had the good fortune to witness the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, CEO […]
June 5, 2014

Should Meeting Organizers Put Panel Discussions Back to Back?

I am not a big fan of the words “never,”  “always,” everyone,” or “no one.”  They don’t leave any wiggle room for an exception to the […]
March 30, 2014

What’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve of a Panel Discussion?

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting professionals, I asked the question, “What’s your absolute, biggest pet peeve” about panel discussions at […]
March 23, 2014

Get Rid of the White, Draped Table at Panel Discussions!

The default panel discussion room set appears to be a long table at the front of the room, draped with a white (or black) tablecloth with […]
March 15, 2014
Panel Discussion Definition

Panel Discussion Definition

A panel discussion is a specific format used in a meeting, conference, or convention.  It is a live, in-person or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives in front of a large audience.
November 29, 2013

Welcome to Powerful Panels

I’m a high stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. I’ve been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.
Contact Us

Our privacy policy has been updated. By clicking, 'I agree,' you consent to the terms therein. I Agree