panel moderator

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).
March 15, 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 […]
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 […]
January 22, 2019

How Moderators Can Manage Awkward Audience Comments

Birth.Movies.Death editor Scott Wampler kicked off a hilarious thread where he begs the question: “Literally everyone in this stupid business has an A+ ‘crazy guy at the junket/Q&A’ […]
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 31, 2018

How to Ace a “Strategic Moment” as a Panel Moderator

Have you ever been on a panel (or watched a panel discussion) when the topic started out in one direction, and because of the synergy of […]
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 […]
September 26, 2018

Have Your Panelists Ask a Question to the AUDIENCE

Want to really shift gears, throw a wrench into an otherwise traditional panel discussion?  Ask one of your panelists to ask a question to a specific […]
August 28, 2018

How the Late Show Demands Diversity

Speaking with Sopan Deb for a TimesTalks conversation, Stephen Colbert talked about his struggles with the lack of overall diversity in the writers rooms of comedy programs.
August 7, 2018

How to Get Your Panelists to Spill their Secrets

How do you get your panelists to spill their secrets in a compelling way?  Ask your question in such a way that rather than just giving an […]
July 31, 2018

Moderators, Are You Over-preparing Your Panelists?

There is an inherent danger in over-preparing the panelists. Yes, you should talk to the panelists.  Outline what you want to see happen on the stage, […]
July 24, 2018

9 Reasons You May Actually Want to Be a Panel Moderator

A colleague asked an interesting question this week: “Why would anyone want to be a panel moderator?”
July 18, 2018

Panel Moderators: DON’T Do This to Your Panelists

Was just talking to a panelist about his recent experience in sharing his insights during a panel discussion.  One of his comments made me cringe:
June 28, 2018

Your First Question Could Ruin a Panel Discussion

So here’s the problem:  Most panels start with an incredibly long, incomprehensible, multipart question directed to the first panelist.  The person starts talking….and she’s going to keep […]
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