April 3, 2024
Run of Show For a Panel Discussion

Sample Script and “Run of Show” For a Panel Discussion

I am often asked for a sample script for a panel discussion. I am not a big fan of scripting the panel, word for word. Sometimes […]
March 28, 2024

Pick a Card Technique for Panel Discussions

“Pick a card, any card!” the carnival barker would call out, enticing passers-by to stop and watch the card trick. Why not use this simple technique […]
January 24, 2024
4 Instances Where a Moderator Should Contribute Content (2)

4 Instances Where a Moderator Should Contribute Content to the Panel Discussion

A client recently asked me, “As the panel moderator and expert on the topic, is it ever appropriate for me to weigh in on my ideas […]
August 31, 2023
repurpose your panel discussion content

Repurpose Your Panel Discussion Content

Just because your panel discussion is over doesn’t mean you can’t continue the conversation! Events and media consultant Julius Solaris reminded me how important it is […]
March 22, 2023
Presentation at a Panel Discussion

Do You Have to Give a Presentation at a Panel Discussion?

While I prefer panelists are NOT asked to give initial remarks or a presentation at a panel discussion, I also realize that some panels are formatted […]
July 13, 2022
disagreement in a panel discussion

Disagreement in a Panel Discussion

Disagreement in a panel discussion can be crucial for robust conversation, so it’s important to learn how to recognize it, analyze it and make strategic moments […]
November 21, 2019

Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate – A Shallow, Stale Ping Pong Match

This week’s impeachment hearings overshadowed tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate.  So if you didn’t see the debate, you didn’t miss much.
May 6, 2019

Ask Your Panelists an Awesome Story-Question

Everyone likes a good story….especially when it’s a train wreck!  So how do you get your panelists to spill the goods?
November 20, 2018

With Gratitude in My Heart

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Or so you would think with all the Christmas decorations already up on display!
July 2, 2018

Provocative Panel Discussion Game: “Would You Rather?”

Perhaps you are familiar with the party board game, “Would You Rather?”  The premise is fairly simple:  The player picks a card with a precarious dilemma and […]
June 29, 2016

A Panel Discussion Case Study: Strategic Meetings Management (SMM)

We’ve gotten so many compliments on the SMM panel discussion at MPI’s World Education Forum, that I thought it would be useful to break the process […]
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