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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 […]
February 22, 2024
powerful words to use in a panel discussion

The 3 Most Powerful Words to Use in a Panel Discussion

I was chatting with my colleague, Don Yaeger about panel discussions and he asked me, “Do you know the three most powerful words to use in […]
February 14, 2024
trending topics for panel discussions

Powerful Panels Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions – Q1, 2024

For the first quarter of 2024, these are the top ten trending topics for panel discussions at business events in priority order based on social media […]
February 6, 2024
Test of Panelist Success

The Ultimate Litmus Test of Panelist Success

As a panelist in a panel discussion, how do you know you’ve done a good job? What is the ultimate litmus test of panelist success? Sure, […]
January 24, 2024
4 Instances Where a Moderator Should Contribute Content (2)

4 Instances Where a Moderator Should Contribute Content to the Panel Discussion

A client recently asked me, “As the panel moderator and expert on the topic, is it ever appropriate for me to weigh in on my ideas […]
January 18, 2024
clipboard for a panel discussion

Personalize Your Clipboard for a Panel Discussion

I always get so many compliments on the clipboard that I use during my panel discussions. Here’s what I do to personalize my clipboard for a […]
January 9, 2024
Turn Off Your Audience

12 VERY Easy Ways to Turn Off Your Audience During a Panel Discussion

We’ve all been there. The panel moderator or a panelist says or does something that turns us off. Instead of leaning into the conversation, we lean […]
January 4, 2024
Best Q&A polling platform

Best Q&A Polling Platform

I am often asked, “What is the best Q&A and polling platform to use during a panel discussion?” My go-to answer is “Whatever the event organizers […]
December 12, 2023
Use AI/ChatGPT to prepare for a panel discussion

20 Ways to Use AI/ChatGPT to Prepare for a Panel Discussion

Yes indeed – you can use AI/ChatGPT to prepare for a panel discussion. In this blog post, I will not only give you some ideas on […]
November 29, 2023
panelist crisis

How Moderators Can Handle an On-stage Panelist Crisis

Emergencies happen during a panel discussion. A panelist crisis could occur mid-panel discussion! Some you can plan for and some you can’t. So I was curious […]
November 22, 2023
panel discussion report format

Panel Discussion Report Format

For many academic and scientific panel discussions, it is not uncommon for the organization to publish a report that summarizes the key points, insights, and outcomes […]
November 15, 2023
Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions

Powerful Panels Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions – Q4, 2023

For the fourth quarter of 2023, these are the top ten trending topics for panel discussions at business events in priority order based on social media […]
November 1, 2023
When to Have a Panel Discussion

When to Have a Panel Discussion

I was chatting with Event Strategist Devon Montgomery Pasha about when to have a panel discussion – and when not to. (You can listen to the […]
October 30, 2023
Can you plan too much for a panel discussion (1)

Can You Plan Too Much For a Panel Discussion?

During one of my coaching sessions with a panel moderator, my client asked, “Can you plan too much for a panel discussion? Seems like there is […]
October 17, 2023
can i get paid to be a moderator

Can I Get Paid to be a Panel Moderator?

I am often asked, “Can I get paid to be a panel moderator?” Good question, and the answer is (like most things) “it depends.” Many panel […]
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