panel moderation

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?

A few years back, I moderated two panels of my peers at the National Speakers Association’s CSP/CPAE Summit in Coral Gables, FL.  The Summit had about […]
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 […]
July 20, 2014

Steve Forbes Claims “Audiences Love Panel Discussions!”

At the 2014 National Speakers Association (NSA) Convention, Mark Sanborn moderated the Executive Exchange Panel with Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, Kat Cole, […]
April 9, 2014

Panel Discussion Formats: Take a Lesson from TV

You don’t have to rely on the traditional panel formats.  Instead, spice it up with a more entertaining and engaging format – and the best source […]
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 20, 2014

The Moderator’s Role in Panel Discussions

An article in the Atlantic magazine argued that panels would be better without a moderator.  Coming into “peak bad panel season,” her expectations of the myriad panels […]
February 5, 2014

How to Make Your Panelists Shine!

Immediately after the debut of the Powerful Panels research findings at Fresh14 in Copenhagen, Steve Bather challenged the delegates to develop a checklist of things they […]
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