May 22, 2018

Engage the Audience with the Agree/Disagree Game

Want to break up a rather mundane panel discussion?  Try polling the panelists!
May 14, 2018

Panel Discussion Format Case Study: Panelist Competition

Today’s guest blog is brought to you by  Jan-Jaap In der Maur. Jan-Jaap is a meeting-moderator and facilitator, owner and founder of Mastersinmoderation.com, and a keynote speaker on […]
May 2, 2018

Try the Improv Technique to Spice Up a Panel Discussion

In Tina Fey’s bestselling book, Bossypants, Fey shares, “the first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required […]
April 26, 2018

Not Your Traditional Audience Q&A

You’re conflicted.  As a panel moderator, you WANT to involve the audience. You know that it is important and you want to keep people interested, but […]
April 20, 2018

Panel Discussion Case Study: The Programmatic Punch

Here’s the challenge: A full day of panels discussing “Programmatic Trading” with intense topics such as blockchain, compensation for ad fraud, and other detailed discussions.
April 9, 2018

Hot Seat Question Panel Discussion Format

When the panel discussion consists of the top executives from the organization, it may be a bit difficult to inspire tough, provocative questions from the audience.
March 7, 2018

American Idol Hot Seat Panel Discussion Format

American Idol is back, and what a great example of the “hot seat format” for a panel discussion!  On “American Idol,” the expert judges are the […]
February 27, 2018

Poll the Panelists to Start a Panel Discussion

I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to start a panel discussion. Sometimes, the panel moderator will poll the audience to get a baseline for […]
December 20, 2017

A Fun Technique to Open Your Next Panel Discussion

Take a cue from Improv with this fun, conversational opening to your next panel discussion:
December 14, 2017

Innovative Panel Discussion Format: “The P-Cubed Format”

I am attending a national convention that is using an innovative panel discussion format that I am calling the “P-Cubed Format.” Here’s how it goes:
December 6, 2017

Panel Discussion Format: “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank”

You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the […]
December 1, 2017

Unique Panel Discussion Format to Boost Excitement

Brian Walter, Founder of Extreme Meetings shares this unique format that will seriously grab the attention of your entire organization:
September 13, 2017

Peer-Based, Impromptu Panel Discussion Format

At Connect Marketplace 2017, I was talking with Matt Dadey about an innovative panel format he experienced at the World Education Congress.  They had three panels […]
August 15, 2017

How to Let the Audience Drive the Panel Discussion

Sometimes, you just need to let the audience drive the conversation.  To engage in this type of format, It really has to be a perfect storm […]
August 9, 2017

Turn a Panel Discussion into a Debate Using this Classic Debate Format

Everyone loves a good debate -especially if there is a strong sense of an even-handed process facilitated by a skilled moderator, there are opportunities for the […]
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