October 11, 2023
9 Factors to Consider When Organizing Your Panel Discussion (1)

9 Factors to Consider When Organizing Your Panel Discussion

What do you do if you don’t have a clear vision for your panel? What if all you have known is the traditional style panel format, […]
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 3, 2023
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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 4, 2023
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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 8, 2023
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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 […]
September 21, 2022
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Audience Reflection Panel Format

My colleague, Sarah Michel, used a creative “audience reflection panel format” at a recent conference. It went so well that her client wants her to repeat […]
March 30, 2022
Goodie Bag Panel Discussion Format

The Goodie Bag Panel Discussion Format

When you have a good sense of the various topics you want to cover, try this unique goodie bag panel discussion format: For each topic, select […]
March 15, 2022

Sample Script for a Panel Discussion in the Round

I recently put together this sample script for a panel discussion in the round, otherwise known as a “fishbowl” format. Thought it might be useful as […]
February 17, 2022
Timing on the Script for a Panel Discussion

Timing on the Script for a Panel Discussion

A coaching client recently asked me to review her timing on the script for a panel discussion. She had it laid out minute-by-minute. Which, in my […]
October 20, 2021
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Demonstration Panel Format to Discuss Best Practices

During this week’s Powerful Panel Podcast, David Cruickshank shared his “demonstration panel format” which is a brilliant format to share and discuss best practices. Cruickshank mostly […]
June 16, 2021
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What are the Best Panel Questions to Ask?

Last week, I wrote about good panel questions and a reader emailed me to ask, “If that’s what’s GOOD, what are the BEST panel questions to […]
June 15, 2021
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Good Panel Discussion Questions

Dsicover the 6 attributes of a good panel discussion question AND the 7 Issues with Non-planned panel discussion questions.
June 3, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

Panel Moderation Technique: The Audience as the Fourth Panelist

During a recent interview with Sarah Michel, VP of Connexity at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, she mentioned a technique she uses when moderating a panel discussion: The […]
May 26, 2021
How to Structure a Panel Discussion

How To Structure a Panel Discussion

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