June 11, 2024
get people to sit in the front row

Get People to Sit in the Front Row for a Panel Discussion

It happens ALL THE TIME – the dreaded front-row buffer zone. As your attendees walk into the meeting room, they settle somewhere in the middle, back […]
June 4, 2024
when a panelist cannot answer your question

When a Panelist Cannot Answer Your Question

Unfortunately, this scenario can happen to a panel moderator: You ask a probing or challenging question to a panelist and …. they got nothin’. They stare […]
May 30, 2024
fun panel questions

Fun Panel Questions That Inject ENERGY

“Fun” panel questions can inject energy and engagement into a discussion while still being relevant and thought-provoking. Here are some characteristics of “fun” panel questions and […]
May 22, 2024
Panelist is Missing

What To Do When a Panelist is Missing

One of your panelists is missing. The panel is about to start and either they never showed up to the venue or they are now missing […]
May 16, 2024
trending topics for panel discussions (2)

Powerful Panels Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions – Q2, 2024

For the second quarter of 2024, these are the top ten trending topics for panel discussions at business events in priority order based on social media […]
May 6, 2024
Facts and Statistics in a Panel Discussion

Using Little-Known Facts and Statistics in a Panel Discussion

I have always shied away from using little-known facts and statistics during a panel discussion because it just takes more time to prepare. But these days, […]
April 30, 2024

How to Moderate the Verbal Grenade on a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked what to do when a panelist’s opening comment is a volatile hypothesis – that they hadn’t talked about during the planning session. […]
April 24, 2024
standing-room-only panel discussion

How to Manage a Standing-Room-Only Panel Discussion

Good news! It’s standing room only at your panel discussion! That is a testament to the panel’s relevance and the audience’s interest in the topic. However, […]
April 9, 2024
Opinion About Panel Discussions

What’s Your Honest Opinion About Panel Discussions?

What’s your honest opinion about panel discussions? Really! I want to know. Ten years ago, I did a little research project and published my findings in […]
April 3, 2024
Run of Show For a Panel Discussion

Sample Script and “Run of Show” For a Panel Discussion

I am often asked for a sample script for a panel discussion. I am not a big fan of scripting the panel, word for word. Sometimes […]
March 28, 2024

Pick a Card Technique for Panel Discussions

“Pick a card, any card!” the carnival barker would call out, enticing passers-by to stop and watch the card trick. Why not use this simple technique […]
March 20, 2024

How to Moderate an Edu-taining After-Dinner Panel Discussion

A panel moderator just asked my advice on what questions to ask for a panel being held after dinner to support a not-for-profit foundation. As we […]
March 12, 2024
Players in a Panel Discussion

The 10 Players in a Panel Discussion

A panel discussion involves more than a panel moderator and panelists. Consider involving these 10 players in a panel discussion: Note, the same person may wear […]
March 6, 2024
Inclusive Language on Your Panel Discussion

Use More Inclusive Language on Your Panel Discussion

As the panel moderator, it’s your job to address the audience. Do you step out onto the stage, give the audience a warm smile, and enthusiastically […]
February 29, 2024
too many panelists

What to do When You Have Too Many Panelists

The optimal number of panelists for a panel discussion is 3-4. Beyond that, “you have a party, not a panel!” (Thanks to Sarah Michel for sharing […]
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