Powerful Panels Blog

September 6, 2023
misconceptions about panel discussions (1)

A Dozen Common Misconceptions about Panel Discussions

As I coach panelists to prepare for an upcoming panel discussion, there are a dozen common misconceptions about panel discussions that I think we need to […]
August 31, 2023
repurpose your panel discussion content

Repurpose Your Panel Discussion Content

Just because your panel discussion is over doesn’t mean you can’t continue the conversation! Events and media consultant Julius Solaris reminded me how important it is […]
August 17, 2023
Have a Vision for a Panel Discussion (1)

Have a Vision for a Panel Discussion

I was talking with a group of meeting organizers about the importance of having a vision for a panel discussion. Frankly, there were a few puzzled […]
August 9, 2023
Topic Premise and Title for Your Panel Discussion

Pick a Strong Topic, Premise, and Title for Your Panel Discussion

A meeting organizer recently contacted me about an upcoming panel they wanted me to moderate. She said, “The topic is about Artificial Intelligence (AI).” Shocker, as […]
August 3, 2023
stale panel discussion topic

What to Do With a Stale Topic in a Panel Discussion

It happens sometimes when you’ve been given a stale topic in a panel discussion. You sigh. Shake your head thinking, “The audience doesn’t want to hear […]
July 20, 2023
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Last In Line To Speak During a Panel Discussion

It does not happen too often, but you could be the last in line to speak after the other panelists have detailed all of your prepared […]
July 12, 2023
How to be a Panelist in a Panel Discussion More Frequently

How to be a Panelist in a Panel Discussion More Frequently

The main way to learn how to be a better panelist is to be a panelist in a panel discussion more frequently. You know that you […]
July 4, 2023
panel discussion format

The Hypothetical Panel Discussion Format

Ed Bernacki, Founder of The Idea Factory, shared this unique panel format he calls The Hypothetical Panel Discussion Format. Here is his explanation of the format […]
June 28, 2023
create an inclusive environment

How to Create an Inclusive Environment During a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked about how to create an inclusive environment during a panel discussion. It’s more than being welcoming and friendly. Here are nine things […]
June 19, 2023
Moderate a Panel Confidently

Moderate a Panel Confidently: 9 Tips to Quit Being in Your Head

I was coaching a new panel moderator through an important panel discussion and I commented that she was “being in your head” a bit much. That […]
June 8, 2023
panel format

The He Said, She Said Panel Format

Note to Reader: This format can be done with any two opposing voices: Sales Said, Marketing Said; Management Said, Employees Said; Producers Said, Customers Said. Please […]
June 1, 2023
Prepare for a Panel Discussion

What Panelists Should Know to Prepare for a Panel Discussion

Once you agree to serve on a panel, have a quick conversation with the meeting organizer and/or panel moderator to confirm the event details not mentioned […]
May 24, 2023
fun on a panel discussion

Change Your Mindset: Have Fun on a Panel Discussion

Should you have fun on a panel discussion? Oh my goodness, YES, have fun on a panel discussion! Even though your audience wants to learn something, […]
May 15, 2023
What if I Can't Make It to the Panel?

What if I Can’t Make It to the Panel?

It happens – something comes up and you can’t make it to the panel. You have a screaming deadline at work, a sick child, or you’ve […]
May 9, 2023
Can an Introvert Be a Good Panelist?

Can an Introvert Be a Good Panelist?

As my editor reviewed my upcoming book, The Powerful Panelist: Everything You Need to Know to be a Capable and Confident Panelist in a Panel Discussion, […]
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