Top Ten Must-Read Blogs on Moderating a Panel Discussion
January 20, 2014

Welcome to Powerful Panels: a website dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of the panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

I’m Kristin Arnold, a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator.  I’ve been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.  One of my favorite formats for helping executives, experts, and practitioners share their ideas with others is the panel discussion at meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Unfortunately, in a recent survey, the data shows that over 50% of the executives and meeting professionals said that the panel format was merely “okay” – and that’s just not acceptable!  You certainly don’t want to be in the bottom half – you want to moderate one of those panels that just knocks it out of the park!

So why can’t ALL panels simply be amazing?  In my experience, most non-professional moderators simply wing it.  After all, how hard can it be to ask a few people some questions and then do an audience Q&A session?

Truth be told, it’s not hard, once you know what to do and what not to do. And I’m thrilled that you have stumbled upon this website designed to help you on your journey!

Welcome to Powerful Panels

Powerful Panel Discussion Resources

  • This blog is a running commentary on the panels as a practice. Pretty much everything you need to know is buried somewhere in here. And if I haven’t written about it, tell me and I will!
  • A FREE (and who doesn’t like FREE?)  7-part video e-course full of tips and techniques that professional moderators rely on.  These short training videos will take you through, step by step, to moderating a lively and engaging panel discussion at any meeting, conference or convention.  And, with your course registration, you’ll receive several bonus templates and checklists.
  • Listen to our Powerful Panel Discussion Podcast.
  • View these quick tips from seasoned, professional panel moderators.
  • Join the conversation in our Powerful Panels group on LinkedIn.
  • Check out this step-by-step guidebook to moderating lively and informative panel discussions at meetings, conferences, and conventions.
  • Add a bit more pizazz to your panel with over 123 ideas to spark your creativity!
  • Access to the Powerful Panels knowledge vault – a compilation of best practices of some of the most successful professional panel moderators.  It’s chock-full of customizable checklists, worksheets, templates, scripts, specialty format agendas, sample emails, PowerPoint templates, video examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly, video interviews with industry icons and professional moderators, recorded webinars and slideshows, industry reports on the effectiveness of panels…and more!
  • Opportunity to hire me as a coach for your panel moderators or to have me moderate your panel discussion.

I hope you join me in my crusade to make all panel discussions powerful and extraordinary – and give me a call if you’d like to chat! Would love to hear from you!


Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator and high stakes meeting facilitator, shares her best practices for interactive, interesting, and engaging panel presentations. For more resources or to have Kristin moderate your next panel, schedule a time to chat!

Kristin ArnoldKristin Arnold
Award-winning author Kristin Arnold is an expert panel moderator and professional meeting facilitator.

2 Comments

  1. […] gave her a bit of coaching on how to moderate a panel, but had absolutely no idea that she would spend the first 30 minutes on the intro (how excited […]

  2. […] you can’t moderate a panel well in the live, face-to-face world, you probably won’t do a great job in the virtual […]

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