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
Panel Moderator

The Panel Moderator: The Pivotal Role in Panel Discussions

The moderator's job is to help the audience get their needs met through a panel format.  The moderator sets the tone, the pace, and control of the content, staying ever-vigilant in keeping it relevant for the audience.  It is the moderator's responsibility to make sure the panel is lively, engaging, and worthwhile.
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 […]
January 20, 2014

Top Ten Must-Read Blogs on Moderating a Panel Discussion

As I  started researching the universe of panel discussions for my book, Powerful Panels, I did what any red-blooded American (or Swede) would do.  I Googled […]
November 29, 2013

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