December 20, 2016

The Panel Moderator’s Role During a Panel Discussion: The Tough Truth

You just finished moderating a lively and informative panel discussion.  The audience is clearly appreciative of the conversation with abundant applause and additional conversation amongst themselves […]
December 8, 2016

Example of a Panel Moderator’s Agenda for a Panel Discussion

I just moderated a panel discussion of meeting professionals at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Convention in Edmonton, AB.  Not only was it an […]
November 30, 2016

Give Chocolate to Inspire Discussion

At a recent panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation Conference in New Orleans, LA, the panel moderator wanted to encourage audience members to share […]
November 10, 2016

Beware of Celebrity Panel Discussion Moderators

During a recent conversation with a client, I was testing out my panel discussion moderator selection hypothesis: That they prefer a “celebrity” or “well-known name” (to […]
October 27, 2016

How to Moderate an Impromptu Panel – with No Preparation!

It happens. You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you don’t have access to the panelists beforehand. You’re not even sure who the panelists […]
August 31, 2016

10 Ways a Panelist Can Liven Up a Panel Discussion

You had a sneaking suspicion this was going happen. A good friend asked you to be on a panel, and it’s not going so well. Even […]
August 17, 2016

How to Effectively Use a Prop in a Panel Discussion

Have you ever thought about using a “prop” to add a little pizazz to your panel discussion?
August 1, 2016

Preparing and Facilitating Fabulous Panels – NSA Panel Discussion Debrief

Head’s Up! Deconstruction of NSA’s Influence ’16 amazing panel discussion moderated by our very own Kate Delaney! I’ll be chatting with her this Wednesday, 8/3 at […]
July 19, 2016

Top 10 Times to Intervene as a Panel Moderator

Regardless of how prestigious your panelists are as well as the intense preparation you put into your panel discussion, you must intervene when a panelist:
June 29, 2016

A Panel Discussion Case Study: Strategic Meetings Management (SMM)

We’ve gotten so many compliments on the SMM panel discussion at MPI’s World Education Forum, that I thought it would be useful to break the process […]
May 5, 2016

Ground Rules for Panelists During Panel Discussions

“OMIGOSH!  I knew this was going to happen!” If you think about it, a good panel moderator can see most of the things that can go wrong during […]
March 3, 2016

How to Start Out Your Panel Discussion

You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you know the first few moments will make or break the success of the session. Typically, you’ll […]
February 11, 2016

12 Ways Panel Moderators Can Manage Time Effectively During a Panel Discussion

Your audience can get really annoyed when the moderator doesn’t manage time well during a panel discussion.  All it takes is for the moderator to take […]
January 28, 2016

Panelists and Panel Moderators Should Provide Visual Diversity

I’m a little rankled about a recent posting from the NY Magazine about a panel at Davos about gender equality….and it was all men.  (We’ve talked about […]
January 7, 2016

10 Top-Rated Blog Posts on Panel Discussions in 2015

Happy New Year to all panelists, panel moderators, and those who may be preparing or perfecting their skills for an upcoming panel discussion. Per our tradition, Joe and I are […]
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