June 19, 2024
Insert a Panel Discussion within a Speech

How to Insert a Panel Discussion Into a Speech

Many years ago, I was gobsmacked to see CPAE Speaker Hall of Famer Joe Calloway insert a panel discussion in his speech! Wait; What? You can […]
June 11, 2024
get people to sit in the front row

Get People to Sit in the Front Row for a Panel Discussion

It happens ALL THE TIME – the dreaded front-row buffer zone. As your attendees walk into the meeting room, they settle somewhere in the middle, back […]
June 4, 2024
when a panelist cannot answer your question

When a Panelist Cannot Answer Your Question

Unfortunately, this scenario can happen to a panel moderator: You ask a probing or challenging question to a panelist and …. they got nothin’. They stare […]
March 6, 2024
Inclusive Language on Your Panel Discussion

Use More Inclusive Language on Your Panel Discussion

As the panel moderator, it’s your job to address the audience. Do you step out onto the stage, give the audience a warm smile, and enthusiastically […]
February 29, 2024
too many panelists

What to do When You Have Too Many Panelists

The optimal number of panelists for a panel discussion is 3-4. Beyond that, “you have a party, not a panel!” (Thanks to Sarah Michel for sharing […]
January 18, 2024
clipboard for a panel discussion

Personalize Your Clipboard for a Panel Discussion

I always get so many compliments on the clipboard that I use during my panel discussions. Here’s what I do to personalize my clipboard for a […]
January 9, 2024
Turn Off Your Audience

12 VERY Easy Ways to Turn Off Your Audience During a Panel Discussion

We’ve all been there. The panel moderator or a panelist says or does something that turns us off. Instead of leaning into the conversation, we lean […]
October 30, 2023
Can you plan too much for a panel discussion (1)

Can You Plan Too Much For a Panel Discussion?

During one of my coaching sessions with a panel moderator, my client asked, “Can you plan too much for a panel discussion? Seems like there is […]
October 17, 2023
can i get paid to be a moderator

Can I Get Paid to be a Panel Moderator?

I am often asked, “Can I get paid to be a panel moderator?” Good question, and the answer is (like most things) “it depends.” Many panel […]
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, […]
October 5, 2023
When to Hire a Professional Panel Moderator

When to Hire a Professional Panel Moderator

When the stakes are high and you really need to hit a home run, you’ll want to hire a professional panel moderator to: In the big […]
September 26, 2023
how to promote your panel discussion

How to Promote Your Panel Discussion

You have selected an awesome topic, premise, title, moderator, and panelists for your upcoming panel. Now you need to promote your panel discussion. 1. Write Compelling […]
September 19, 2023
Panel Discussion Recovery Lines

Panel Discussion Recovery Lines: What to do When the Unexpected Occurs

After you have moderated panel discussions for a while, you realize it is simply a matter of time before some “incident” will occur in the middle […]
August 9, 2023
Topic Premise and Title for Your Panel Discussion

Pick a Strong Topic, Premise, and Title for Your Panel Discussion

A meeting organizer recently contacted me about an upcoming panel they wanted me to moderate. She said, “The topic is about Artificial Intelligence (AI).” Shocker, as […]
June 19, 2023
Moderate a Panel Confidently

Moderate a Panel Confidently: 9 Tips to Quit Being in Your Head

I was coaching a new panel moderator through an important panel discussion and I commented that she was “being in your head” a bit much. That […]
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