The typical panel consists of seven tasks that are performed in the following order:
Panelist presentations and/or initial remarks
Moderator-curated questions directed to the panelists
Questions from the audience directed to a panelist(s)
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.
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