April 14, 2021

5 Ways to Balance Panelist Airtime During a Panel Discussion

One of the core values for all moderators is the notion of “fairness.” Every panelist should have roughly the same number of questions asked of him/her, […]
April 7, 2021

Pack a 1-2-3 Panel Discussion Punch!

Thank goodness the pandemic ice storm is beginning to thaw and we’re starting to venture outside and meeting in person again.  Most agree, we cannot “go […]
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
March 24, 2021

How to Select Diverse People to Ask a Question During a Panel Discussion

As a leading expert on moderating panels, I am often asked to watch a panel discussion and provide the organization and/or moderator feedback – what went […]
March 17, 2021

Participant-Centered Approach to Curate Panel Discussion Questions

Bob Pike, Chairman and Founder of the Training and Performance Forum, shared this panel discussion format of “capturing the question” using small groups during a panel […]
March 3, 2021

How to Gracefully Interrupt a Panelist Who Talks Too Long

I would be rich if I got a dollar for every time I am asked how to tactfully cut off a panelist who talks too long.  […]
February 23, 2021

Plan Panelist Introductions that Benefit the Audience

Somewhere at the beginning of your panel discussion, the panelists need to be introduced.  You would think this is is a simple task. There are several […]
January 20, 2021

Pitiful Panel Discussions: The Panelists’ or Moderators’ Fault?

It’s a cryin’ shame.  Panel discussions don’t live up to their potential – a fabulous, spontaneous discussion between really smart people to create valuable takeaways for […]
January 7, 2021

Soft Launch Celebration: 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

TODAY marks the soft launch of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion! The paperback book and the pdf Ebook are now available with […]
December 22, 2020

123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

It’s done!  I just sent the final, formatted proof to the printer of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion!
November 25, 2020

Ways to Thank a Panelist in a Way They Will Appreciate

Thanksgiving is this week – hooray!  It’s my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It is a special time to reflect on all the blessings we […]
November 11, 2020

You CAN Commemorate Veterans During Your Panel Discussion

As a proud veteran of the US Coast Guard, please take a moment in time to thank the men and women who serve this country – […]
September 16, 2020

Use the Full “Camera Stage” to Spark Interest and Variety

Just as actors and speakers use the physical stage, virtual presenters, panel moderators, and panelists should use the “camera stage” to spark interest and variety while […]
September 9, 2020

Prompt Brilliant Panelist Discussion with the “What If” Game

Who knows what the future holds for you, me, our community, our country, the world?  These are the questions that many panel moderators are posing to […]
August 19, 2020

The Difference Between Moderating and Emceeing an Event

Last night, Eva Longoria Bastón launched a historic Democratic National Convention – all done “virtually.”  Billed as the event moderator, she began the night with opening comments, […]
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