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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 secretly predicts the result of the other players’ subsequent open discussion and consensus view.

So let’s riff off that game into the panel discussion universe!

Take two challenging, provocative questions to pose to a specific panelist.  Put them up on a PowerPoint slide as choice 1 or choice 2.  Then let the audience pick which question the panelist should answer!

Note: with a small crowd, you can just go with the loudest voice.  Otherwise, you can use some kind of voting mechanism such as flags, online polling ( or audience response systems (

You might be wondering….what kinds of questions should I ask?  Again, take a cue from the game:

  • It’s interesting…
  • It could be embarrassing…
  • It’s the question we all want to ask
  • It makes us want to know the answer!

Inject a little levity into your panel discussion by asking each panelist: “Would you rather….?”


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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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