July 2, 2024
panel discussion warm up

Simple Panel Discussion Warm Up

My colleague, Chad Littlefield is on a crusade to create connection before content at meetings. His theory is that we should start with the opportunity to: […]
May 30, 2024
fun panel questions

Fun Panel Questions That Inject ENERGY

“Fun” panel questions can inject energy and engagement into a discussion while still being relevant and thought-provoking. Here are some characteristics of “fun” panel questions and […]
May 22, 2024
Panelist is Missing

What To Do When a Panelist is Missing

One of your panelists is missing. The panel is about to start and either they never showed up to the venue or they are now missing […]
May 6, 2024
Facts and Statistics in a Panel Discussion

Using Little-Known Facts and Statistics in a Panel Discussion

I have always shied away from using little-known facts and statistics during a panel discussion because it just takes more time to prepare. But these days, […]
April 30, 2024

How to Moderate the Verbal Grenade on a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked what to do when a panelist’s opening comment is a volatile hypothesis – that they hadn’t talked about during the planning session. […]
February 22, 2024
powerful words to use in a panel discussion

The 3 Most Powerful Words to Use in a Panel Discussion

I was chatting with my colleague, Don Yaeger about panel discussions and he asked me, “Do you know the three most powerful words to use in […]
November 29, 2023
panelist crisis

How Moderators Can Handle an On-stage Panelist Crisis

Emergencies happen during a panel discussion. A panelist crisis could occur mid-panel discussion! Some you can plan for and some you can’t. So I was curious […]
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 […]
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 1, 2023
moderator cards

Moderator Cards: What They Are and How Panel Moderators Use Them

Moderator cards are an efficient way of keeping your panel discussion on track. You can use index cards as prompts for your welcoming remarks, panelist introductions, […]
August 17, 2022
Offer to Moderate a Panel Discussion

Reasons to Say “No” to an Offer to Moderate a Panel Discussion

While there are many (at least 9!) reasons to say “yes” to the invitation to moderate, there are an equal number of reasons to say “no” […]
July 28, 2022
difference between moderating and facilitating

The Difference Between Moderating and Facilitating an Event

A client recently thanked me for moderating an event, and in all truthfulness, I was facilitating that meeting – not moderating. I realize many people use […]
June 22, 2022

Consider Sending a Thank You Letter After Panel Discussion

It’s a lovely touch to write and send a thank you letter after a panel discussion.  After all, they have taken the time to prepare some […]
June 13, 2022
Panel Discussion Invitation

Sample Panel Discussion Invitation

You’ve identified your desired slate of D.E.E.P. panelists and now you need to send them a panel discussion invitation by email (or if you’re old school, […]
December 17, 2021

How Panel Moderators and Panelists Impress the Audience and Leave a Lasting Impression

I never know what to wear during a panel discussion. My general rule of thumb is to wear one cut above what the audience will be […]
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