June 10, 2020

How Even the Least Funny Panel Moderators Can Use Humor

A seasoned panel moderator was asked, “Is it necessary to use humor in a panel discussion?” The moderator responded, “Not unless you want people to listen.”
June 3, 2020

Do a Formal Critique to Improve Panel Moderation Skills

The main way to learn how to moderate a panel is to moderate a panel discussion.  Not just one, but many.  Note what works and what doesn’t […]
May 13, 2020

30 Ways to Engage Your Audience During a Virtual Panel Discussion

Virtual panel discussions are all the rage during this COVID-crisis.  Yet many of them are one-way communications between the panelists with little interaction from the audience.  […]
May 6, 2020

Panel Moderators: Prepare Your “Cutoff Phrases” Ahead of Time

It’s not a matter of “if” one of your panelists on your panel discussion will ramble off-topic.  It is when it will happen. Especially when moderating a […]
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 […]
March 24, 2020

How to Moderate a Virtual Panel Discussion

With the rise of the coronavirus, many of us are meeting virtually (Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, or MS Team seem to be the most popular).  The panel […]
July 16, 2019

Make Your Mark as a Moderator with Opening Remarks

The first few minutes of your panel discussion are absolutely critical.  Although people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, they do.  The audience (and panelists) […]
June 19, 2019

12 Moderator Mishaps that Derail a Presidential Debate

For this presidential debate cycle, the country has been focused on who will be able to stand at the candidate lecterns. Yet there is an equally […]
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 […]
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