panel moderator

June 24, 2020

Moderators: Figure Out Your Handout Strategy

Especially in these times of virtual panels, many panelists want to provide more value to the audience in the form of a handout.  That’s what they […]
June 16, 2020

Alter Your Appearance to Excite Your Panel Audience

As we continue to practice social distancing, we still need to meet, albeit virtually.  And we’ll still have the ubiquitous panel discussions with a group of […]
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 27, 2020

Sample Script for a Virtual Panel Discussion

I recently moderated a one-hour virtual panel about the future of meetings using Zoom that went exactly according to plan (which is extremely rare!).  In preparation, […]
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 8, 2020

Use a “Breakout Room” to Moderate a Virtual Panel Discussion

When moderating a panel virtually, consider using the “breakout room” function – smaller group sessions that are split off from the main meeting.
February 13, 2020

Everything Panel Moderators Should Discuss With Their Meeting Organizer

Just as an excellent party requires an overall theme, marvelous guests and careful planning before the party can start, so does an excellent panel discussion.  And […]
August 28, 2019

How to Pull Off a StreetPitch Panel Discussion Format

In today’s innovation-driven environment, everyone from executives to event organizers can appreciate novel ways of moving ideas closer to impact. From external sites like Kickstarter to […]
July 9, 2019

Acing an “UnPanel” – A Panel Without a Moderator

I have watched several panels who declare themselves as an “UnPanel” – a panel of 4-5 people without a moderator.  And it always ends up with […]
July 2, 2019

How to Use BINGO During a Panel Discussion

You might have noticed that I’ve been reporting on the Democratic Presidential Primary debates!  And as I was trolling about looking for tidbits of information, I […]
May 20, 2019

Town Hall Moderator Chris Wallace’s Silence: Coward or Professional Moderator?

Back in March, the Democratic National Committee rejected Fox News from hosting any of the twelve scheduled debates in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. […]
March 24, 2019

An Improv Game to Solicit Progressive Panelist Answers

Have you ever seen the Improv game “Pillars?”  If you have, that’s great, if not, it may take you a minute more to appreciate this technique […]
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 21, 2019

How to Illustrate a “Conversational Drumbeat” to Panelists

I am often asked how you get panelists, who are used to being extremely polite to be more conversational.  Especially if they have served on many […]
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