May 22, 2024
Panelist is Missing

What To Do When a Panelist is Missing

One of your panelists is missing. The panel is about to start and either they never showed up to the venue or they are now missing […]
May 6, 2024
Facts and Statistics in a Panel Discussion

Using Little-Known Facts and Statistics in a Panel Discussion

I have always shied away from using little-known facts and statistics during a panel discussion because it just takes more time to prepare. But these days, […]
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 […]
March 20, 2024

How to Moderate an Edu-taining After-Dinner Panel Discussion

A panel moderator just asked my advice on what questions to ask for a panel being held after dinner to support a not-for-profit foundation. As we […]
March 12, 2024
Players in a Panel Discussion

The 10 Players in a Panel Discussion

A panel discussion involves more than a panel moderator and panelists. Consider involving these 10 players in a panel discussion: Note, the same person may wear […]
February 14, 2024
trending topics for panel discussions

Powerful Panels Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions – Q1, 2024

For the first quarter of 2024, these are the top ten trending topics for panel discussions at business events in priority order based on social media […]
December 12, 2023
Use AI/ChatGPT to prepare for a panel discussion

20 Ways to Use AI/ChatGPT to Prepare for a Panel Discussion

Yes indeed – you can use AI/ChatGPT to prepare for a panel discussion. In this blog post, I will not only give you some ideas on […]
November 15, 2023
Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions

Powerful Panels Top Ten Trending Topics for Panel Discussions – Q4, 2023

For the fourth quarter of 2023, these are the top ten trending topics for panel discussions at business events in priority order based on social media […]
September 6, 2023
misconceptions about panel discussions (1)

A Dozen Common Misconceptions about Panel Discussions

As I coach panelists to prepare for an upcoming panel discussion, there are a dozen common misconceptions about panel discussions that I think we need to […]
August 3, 2023
stale panel discussion topic

What to Do With a Stale Topic in a Panel Discussion

It happens sometimes when you’ve been given a stale topic in a panel discussion. You sigh. Shake your head thinking, “The audience doesn’t want to hear […]
May 15, 2023
What if I Can't Make It to the Panel?

What if I Can’t Make It to the Panel?

It happens – something comes up and you can’t make it to the panel. You have a screaming deadline at work, a sick child, or you’ve […]
April 27, 2023
planned spontaneity

Planned Spontaneity During a Panel Discussion

During a recent appearance on The Jennifer Hudson Show, omnipresent Comic-Con panel moderator Chris Hardwick shared a brilliant example of planned spontaneity during a panel discussion! Jennifer Hudson was […]
March 9, 2023
use profanity during a panel discussion

Can I Use Profanity During a Panel Discussion?

I was recently asked this question by a client I am coaching to be a powerful panelist: “I have been known to swear…can I use profanity […]
February 9, 2023
keep the audience in mind

Panelists – Don’t Forget to Keep the Audience In Mind

It annoys me when panelists solely talk to the panel moderator and their fellow panelists – and never address the audience. After all, it is the […]
January 4, 2023
practice for a panel discussion

Should I Practice for a Panel Discussion?

A common question I am asked is “Should I practice for a panel discussion?” My pithy response is that it can’t hurt! Seriously though, you should […]
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