Powerful Panels Blog

May 6, 2021
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Panel Moderators: Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Call on Virtual Panelists

Let’s say lots of people want to ask a question during audience Q&A during a panel discussion on Zoom. When you use the “reactions” button (see […]
April 21, 2021
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Virtual Panel Discussion Technique: “Pass the Ball”

To create a brilliant virtual panel discussion, you gather a handful of smart people and pray for scintillating conversations to spontaneously happen. When your panelists know […]
April 14, 2021

5 Ways to Balance Panelist Airtime During a Panel Discussion

One of the core values for all moderators is the notion of “fairness.” Every panelist should have roughly the same number of questions asked of him/her, […]
April 7, 2021

Pack a 1-2-3 Panel Discussion Punch!

Thank goodness the pandemic ice storm is beginning to thaw and we’re starting to venture outside and meeting in person again.  Most agree, we cannot “go […]
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
March 24, 2021

How to Select Diverse People to Ask a Question During a Panel Discussion

As a leading expert on moderating panels, I am often asked to watch a panel discussion and provide the organization and/or moderator feedback – what went […]
March 17, 2021

Participant-Centered Approach to Curate Panel Discussion Questions

Bob Pike, Chairman and Founder of the Training and Performance Forum, shared this panel discussion format of “capturing the question” using small groups during a panel […]
March 11, 2021

The Very Best Virtual Panel Discussion Ever!?

#BestPanelEver. It was, literally, one of the best virtual/hybrid panels I’ve seen all year. And I wasn’t the only one who was thinking that – the […]
March 3, 2021

How to Gracefully Interrupt a Panelist Who Talks Too Long

I would be rich if I got a dollar for every time I am asked how to tactfully cut off a panelist who talks too long.  […]
February 23, 2021

Plan Panelist Introductions that Benefit the Audience

Somewhere at the beginning of your panel discussion, the panelists need to be introduced.  You would think this is is a simple task. There are several […]
February 17, 2021

Play “Spin the Wheel” to Avoid a Repetitious Panel Discussion

I was just critiquing a “Panel Discussion” where the panel moderator posed a question to a panelist (or two) and then moved on to the next […]
February 9, 2021

Tactful Transitions to Move the Audience Through a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of chunking up a panel discussion into bite-sized segments.  For example, if you take a look at the traditional panel format, you […]
February 3, 2021

10 Question Discussion Guide for the Book: 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

Readers: Erin Albert, creative pharmacist, author, attorney, and edutainer posted this on LinkedIn and I thought it was brilliant!  With her permission, I am sharing this […]
January 28, 2021

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Panel Discussions

A virtual panel discussion can seem like a conversation amongst the panelists with absolutely no regard for the audience.  But there is no reason NOT to […]
January 20, 2021

Pitiful Panel Discussions: The Panelists’ or Moderators’ Fault?

It’s a cryin’ shame.  Panel discussions don’t live up to their potential – a fabulous, spontaneous discussion between really smart people to create valuable takeaways for […]
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