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October 23, 2020

Final 2020 Presidential Debate: Better Than Expected!

If I were Chris Wallace, I’d be annoyed.  This final debate between the two 2020 Presidential candidates was a stark difference from the first (only other) […]
October 14, 2020

Reflecting on the Common Characteristic of BOTH debates: Interruptions

Scheduled for this week, the Second Presidential Debate has been canceled, so this gives a moment to reflect on a common characteristic of both debates:  the […]
October 8, 2020

2020 Vice-Presidential Debate: Barrage of Questions, Interruptions, Few Answers

Tonight’s vice-presidential debate was a stark contrast from last week’s first presidential debate.  Yes, it was calmer, and more civil, yet both candidates continued to dodge […]
September 30, 2020

1st 2020 Presidential Debate: A Hot Mess with Lots of Mudslinging

The highly anticipated first 2020 Presidential Debate started normally enough.  Moderator Chris Wallace shared the debate format and assured the audience that none of the questions […]
September 23, 2020

ALL About the Moderator’s Role in the First 2020 Presidential Debate

The first 2020 Presidential Debate is scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday, September 29, where President Donald Trump will face off former Vice President Joe Biden.  […]
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 26, 2020

First Presidential Debate Will Have ONE Moderator!?

It was just announced that the first Presidential debate set to take place in Cleveland on Tuesday, September 29 at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion […]
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, […]
August 12, 2020

Panel Moderators: Share How BEST to Use the Chatbox

One measure of audience engagement in a virtual panel discussion is the use of the chatbox.  One of my clients said, “I want to see the […]
August 5, 2020

Lessons to Learn from a Virtual Panel Discussion on Wardrobe

As a Nordstrom cardholder since 1982, I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend “The Virtual Anniversary: The Capsule Wardrobe.”  Based on the title, I […]
August 2, 2020

Differences Between Moderating an In-Person and Virtual Panel Discussion

If you can’t moderate a panel discussion well in the live, face-to-face world, you probably won’t do a great job in the virtual world. And why […]
July 29, 2020

Enhance the Virtual Panel Discussion Experience with Tips from Comic-Con

The mother of all panel events is San Diego Comic-Con where 6,500 people line up for Hall H.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you had a […]
July 22, 2020

4 Ideas to Engage the Audience Before a Virtual Panel Discussion

I recently attended a virtual panel discussion that went a bit sideways right out of the gate.  Rather than use the “waiting room” feature and have […]
July 15, 2020

COVID Questions to Ask Before You Agree to Moderate a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked to moderate a live, face-to-face panel.  After my initial shock (what? Live?  Do you not know that the COVID-19 virus is still […]
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