Powerful Panels Blog

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, […]
May 2, 2023
How to Get Invited to be on More Panels

How to Get Invited to be on More Panels

Congratulations!  You had a good experience being a powerful panelist and want to be invited to participate in more panels. Here are some ideas on how […]
April 27, 2023
planned spontaneity

Planned Spontaneity During a Panel Discussion

During a recent appearance on The Jennifer Hudson Show, omnipresent Comic-Con panel moderator Chris Hardwick shared a brilliant example of planned spontaneity during a panel discussion! Jennifer Hudson was […]
April 20, 2023
Get to the Panel Discussion Early

Get to the Panel Discussion Early

I am often asked when the panelists should get to the panel discussion. My answer? “Get to the panel discussion early – at least 30 minutes […]
April 10, 2023
Invite a Friend to Your Panel Discussion

Invite a Friend to Your Panel Discussion

Inviting a friend to attend your panel discussion is a great idea – just check with the meeting organizer first!  There may be some reason why […]
April 5, 2023
Panelist Speaking Order

Panelist Speaking Order Advantages & Disadvantages

The order in which panelists offer their prepared remarks is a major factor in determining how they will be perceived.  While each panelist will be speaking […]
March 31, 2023
promoting the panel discussion

How Panelists Can Help With Promoting the Panel Discussion

Promoting the panel discussion is not just the responsibility of the event organizer.  As a panel moderator or as a panelist, you can help promote the […]
March 22, 2023
Presentation at a Panel Discussion

Do You Have to Give a Presentation at a Panel Discussion?

While I prefer panelists are NOT asked to give initial remarks or a presentation at a panel discussion, I also realize that some panels are formatted […]
March 14, 2023
The Last Question of a Panel Discussion

The Last Question of a Panel Discussion

Nick Morgan wrote a fabulous book called Give Your Speech, Change the World.  I believe the same thing holds true with panel discussions. What’s the point if you […]
March 9, 2023
use profanity during a panel discussion

Can I Use Profanity During a Panel Discussion?

I was recently asked this question by a client I am coaching to be a powerful panelist: “I have been known to swear…can I use profanity […]
March 1, 2023
Facilitate a Meaningful Audience Q&A

How to Facilitate a Meaningful Audience Q&A Session During a Panel Discussion

At some point during a panel discussion, the panel moderator will turn to the audience and ask for questions.  Most folks call this “Audience Q&A” where […]
February 24, 2023
Use AI to Craft Your Panel Discussion Questions

Use AI to Craft Your Panel Discussion Questions

Last week, we let AI draft the blog about the “biggest panelist faux pas.” That got me thinking….how can we use AI to craft panel discussion […]
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