panel moderation

April 5, 2016

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions

Top 10 Problems with Panel Discussions In a survey we conducted in 2014 of over 500 executives and meeting professionals, we asked, “What’s your absolute, biggest […]
February 18, 2016

Powerful Questions to Ask Any Panelist

I was chatting with Dutch Driver, a colleague from the early days of facilitation (we actually used a listserv to communicate!), about the power of asking a […]
January 7, 2016

10 Top-Rated Blog Posts on Panel Discussions in 2015

Happy New Year to all panelists, panel moderators, and those who may be preparing or perfecting their skills for an upcoming panel discussion. Per our tradition, Joe and I are […]
December 21, 2015

Democratic Primary Debate: How Did the Debate Moderators Do?

Who schedules a presidential primary debate on a SATURDAY night?  I guess if you don’t want anyone to tune in, it’s a good strategy.
November 19, 2015

10 Actions Moderators Can Do AFTER the Panel Discussion is Over

Congratulations! You have moderated an amazingly successful panel discussion. You met the panel objectives, delivered on the promise, made the panelists look like heroes and the […]
October 21, 2015

Panel Moderator Checklist: Meeting with Panelists Prior to Panel Discussions

It’s almost showtime!  45-60 minutes before the panel discussion is to start, the panel moderator and the panelists should meet each other face to face for about 15 […]
September 24, 2015

Opening Salvo vs. Opening Remarks in a Panel Discussion

Harry A. Overstreet, an American Educator who was the first to write about the panel process said, “No one, under any circumstances, is to rise and […]
August 27, 2015

How to Keep the Audience Engaged During A Panel with One Simple Trick

I was talking with Tim Mathy at SpeakInc about a panel he was on that “flowed amazingly well.”
August 19, 2015

Add a Little Pizzazz To Your Next Panel Program

Popular television shows are great venues to look for ways to spice up your next panel program.  It can be something as simple as riffing an […]
July 29, 2015

Spice Up Your Next Panel Discussion with the Newlywed Game!

I’m always on the look-out for unique ways to spice up a panel discussion – and most of them seemed to be based on TV games […]
March 20, 2015

How a Moderator Can Deal with Subliminal Sexism in a Panel

Yesterday, two seemingly unrelated items about panels hit the national media.
March 12, 2015

How to Prepare Your Panelists to be Brilliant

A recipe for panel disaster is allowing the panelists to “just show up” and expect brilliance to spring forth.  Sure, it could happen if the panelists […]
January 30, 2015

In Search of the Perfect Chair for Panel Discussions

I stumbled upon a picture of a panel recently and cringed.  The moderator and panelists are sitting on simple, four legged barstools with an itty bitty […]
January 20, 2015

Moderating a Panel of Your Peers – What’s Different?

This past week, I moderated two panels of my peers at the National Speakers Association’s CSP/CPAE Summit in Coral Gables, FL.  The Summit had about 80 […]
October 15, 2014

The Future of the Panel Discussion

Every once in a while, I hear a drum beat for an end to panels at meetings, conferences and conventions.  Many of these commentaries lament that […]
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