panel moderation

April 22, 2019

Taking a FRESH Angle on the 2019-2020 Presidential Debates

The 2019-20 Presidential Debate season is going to be a hot mess.  While most pundits are going to discuss what each candidate said, I’ll be taking […]
March 25, 2019

Have a Spirited Debate, Not a Heated Debate During a Panel Discussion

Since we desperately want diverse points of view on a panel (otherwise, it’s just plain boring), I am often asked how a panel moderator can make […]
March 19, 2019

What is “Moderator Malpractice?”

I heard a new term this past week: “Moderator Malpractice.”  Since I adore alliteration, I had to investigate further (in other words, I Googled it).
February 27, 2019

Should Panel Moderators “Practice” Moderating their Panel?

Let’s take a poll: How many of you “practice” moderating your panel like you would for a speech?  Most savvy presenters map out the speech, write the […]
December 5, 2018

The Ultimate Playlist of Panel Moderator and Panelist Quick Video Tips

5% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all!  Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk […]
October 25, 2018

Do TV News “Panels” Have Constructive Discussions?

In this age of increasingly polarized opinions, I watch with horror the television news shows that host a “panel” of experts – who all talk over […]
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 26, 2018

Have Your Panelists Ask a Question to the AUDIENCE

Want to really shift gears, throw a wrench into an otherwise traditional panel discussion?  Ask one of your panelists to ask a question to a specific […]
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 10, 2018

How to Play Musical Chairs to Make Your Panel Discussion SHINE

Remember the game, Musical Chairs?  It’s a party game where you have one less chair than the number of people.  When the music starts, everyone circles […]
August 28, 2018

How the Late Show Demands Diversity

Speaking with Sopan Deb for a TimesTalks conversation, Stephen Colbert talked about his struggles with the lack of overall diversity in the writers rooms of comedy programs.
August 7, 2018

How to Get Your Panelists to Spill their Secrets

How do you get your panelists to spill their secrets in a compelling way?  Ask your question in such a way that rather than just giving an […]
July 31, 2018

Moderators, Are You Over-preparing Your Panelists?

There is an inherent danger in over-preparing the panelists. Yes, you should talk to the panelists.  Outline what you want to see happen on the stage, […]
July 24, 2018

9 Reasons You May Actually Want to Be a Panel Moderator

A colleague asked an interesting question this week: “Why would anyone want to be a panel moderator?”
July 18, 2018

Panel Moderators: DON’T Do This to Your Panelists

Was just talking to a panelist about his recent experience in sharing his insights during a panel discussion.  One of his comments made me cringe:
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