Powerful Panels Blog

September 8, 2021

Panel Discussion Topics

In talking with myriad meeting organizers, whenever I ask about panel discussion topics, I usually get a one or two-word response such as “Leadership,” “Technology,” “COVID,” […]
September 2, 2021
gotcha questions

How Panelists can Respond to Pesky “Gotcha” Questions

It’s every panelists’ nightmare: the panel moderator asks a question that comes from left field that leaves you staring like a deer in headlights.  Modeled by […]
August 25, 2021
career panel questions

50 Career Panel Questions to Inspire Your Students

A Career Day Panel is a great way for students to hear from diverse business people about their jobs, career paths, education, and skills required to […]
August 19, 2021
Female Leadership Panel Discussion Questions

45 Female Leadership Panel Discussion Questions

I recently wrote a blog with 45 potential leadership panel questions and was subsequently challenged to write about female leadership panel discussion questions! So, without being […]
August 11, 2021

40 Alumni Panel Questions to Inspire Current and Prospective Students

An Alumni Panel is a great way for prospective and current students to hear from a small group of graduates about their various stories: their decision […]
August 4, 2021
Diversity and inclusion panel questions

30 Diversity and Inclusion Panel Questions to Spark Meaningful Conversation

I received a comment on a recent blog post asking about diversity and inclusion panel questions. While the topic of “diversity and inclusion” (D&I) is rather […]
July 27, 2021
worstpanelquestion

The Worst Panel Question

Last week at the National Speakers Association convention, C-Suite marketing maven, Jeffrey Hayzlett moderated a panel discussion on podcasting. After the introductory remarks, he quipped, “The […]
July 7, 2021
Leadership Panel Questions

45 Great Leadership Panel Questions

A colleague of mine is moderating a high-level leadership panel and asked, “What are the best leadership panel questions?”  Like most open-ended questions, I had to […]
June 28, 2021
QuestionstoAskInaPanelDiscussion

24 Questions to Ask In ANY Panel Discussion

As you are preparing to moderate a panel discussion, you’ll want to develop a list of good questions to ask in a panel discussion. The Order […]
June 16, 2021
bestpanelquestions

What are the Best Panel Questions to Ask?

Last week, I wrote about good panel questions and a reader emailed me to ask, “If that’s what’s GOOD, what are the BEST panel questions to […]
June 15, 2021
goodpaneldiscussionquestions

Good Panel Discussion Questions

Dsicover the 6 attributes of a good panel discussion question AND the 7 Issues with Non-planned panel discussion questions.
June 9, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

17 Different Types of Panel Discussion Questions

17 different types of questions posed to panelists during a panel discussion
June 3, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

Panel Moderation Technique: The Audience as the Fourth Panelist

During a recent interview with Sarah Michel, VP of Connexity at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, she mentioned a technique she uses when moderating a panel discussion: The […]
May 26, 2021
How to Structure a Panel Discussion

How To Structure a Panel Discussion

The typical panel consists of seven tasks that are performed in the following order: Welcome Panelist introductions Panelist presentations and/or initial remarks Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists Questions from the audience directed to a panelist(s) Summary Thank you and final administrative remarks The panel moderator may opt to do all seven tasks, omit some, combine a few, or design a unique format to achieve the overall desired results.
May 19, 2021
How to Moderate a Panel

How to Moderate a Panel Discussion

So you’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion for the very first time. OR, you haven’t done one in a while and are wondering about how to moderate a panel discussion. As a leading expert in moderating panel discussions, here is the recipe I use to prepare for and moderate a lively and informative panel discussion: Clarify the vision with the meeting organizer Select, invite, and confirm the panelists Prepare an engaging format Start with a strong opening Facilitate a lively conversation Sprinkle in audience Q&A Finish with a clarion call to action
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