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Last week, I blogged about the importance of having an intriguing title to incite people to come to your session.  But then that got me thinking….Do you need to have the word “panel” in the title?  Especially since the 2014 Panel Report indicates that people don’t have high expectations of a panel discussion.  Is it worthwhile to let people know that it is a panel…or not?


When we look at television talk show formats, in essence, they are panel discussions – but they don’t use the word “panel” in the title, so why should we?


Let’s get creative!  If you are going to follow a television show format, then take a riff off the title of the show:  For example, “Real Time with Kristin Arnold,” “Crossfire,” or “American Idol (substitute “idol” for a profession)”


If you aren’t following at television show format, then think about some other titles:

  • Unplugged: A Frank Conversation with ___________
  • Up Close and Personal:
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Pioneers of _________Share their Lessons Learned
  • Understanding __________: 4 Thought leaders share their perspective

But then again, coming up with titles has NEVER been my strong suit.  What titles have you used that didn’t use “panel” in them?


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Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator and high stakes meeting facilitator, shares her best practices for interactive, interesting, and engaging panel presentations. For more resources like this, or to have Kristin moderate your next panel visit the Powerful Panels official website.

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KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CSP, CPF|Master has been facilitating meaningful conversations between executives and managers to make better decisions and achieve extraordinary results for 25+ years. She's a leading authority on moderating panel discussions and passionate about finding the perfect olive to complement a vodka martini.
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