September 21, 2022
audience reflection panel format

Audience Reflection Panel Format

My colleague, Sarah Michel, used a creative “audience reflection panel format” at a recent conference. It went so well that her client wants her to repeat […]
August 17, 2022
Offer to Moderate a Panel Discussion

Reasons to Say “No” to an Offer to Moderate a Panel Discussion

While there are many (at least 9!) reasons to say “yes” to the invitation to moderate, there are an equal number of reasons to say “no” […]
July 5, 2022
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Panel Discussion

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Panel Discussion

When considering various formats for an upcoming meeting, consider the advantages and disadvantages of a panel discussion – a live (or recorded), in-person, virtual, or “hybrid” […]
May 25, 2022
why you should be a panelist

8 Reasons Why You Should be a Panelist

So you’ve been asked to be a panelist on a panel discussion and you and your colleagues are wondering, “Why you should be a panelist? Why […]
May 3, 2022
Ways to Promote Your Product or Service at a Panel Discussion

7 Ways to Promote a Product at a Panel Discussion

A panelist recently asked me, “How do I promote a product at a panel discussion without being too sales-y or pushy?” Good question, as one of […]
April 6, 2022
The Audience and Panel Discussions

Is the Panel Discussion All About the Audience?

I had this comment about the audience and panel discussions on my YouTube 7-part video series: “This is the problem with moderators. ‘its all about the […]
March 10, 2022

A Simple Hack to Make Your Panel Discussion More Interesting

Everyone loves to hear their name – especially during a panel discussion. It makes them feel special. Why? Because hearing your name literally causes a chemical […]
November 2, 2021
promote yourself during a panel discussion

How to Promote Yourself During a Panel Discussion

Wondering how the heck you can subtly promote yourself during a panel discussion?  You don’t want to be too pushy or too salesy BUT there is […]
October 13, 2021
the powerful panelist

Please Help Me Crowdsource My Next Book – The Powerful Panelist

I’m writing the next Powerful Panels book to answer panelists’ frequently asked questions. I would LOVE to hear the specific questions you have about being a […]
March 17, 2021

Participant-Centered Approach to Curate Panel Discussion Questions

Bob Pike, Chairman and Founder of the Training and Performance Forum, shared this panel discussion format of “capturing the question” using small groups during a panel […]
January 20, 2021

Pitiful Panel Discussions: The Panelists’ or Moderators’ Fault?

It’s a cryin’ shame.  Panel discussions don’t live up to their potential – a fabulous, spontaneous discussion between really smart people to create valuable takeaways for […]
November 25, 2020

Ways to Thank a Panelist in a Way They Will Appreciate

Thanksgiving is this week – hooray!  It’s my absolute favorite holiday of the year. It is a special time to reflect on all the blessings we […]
November 11, 2020

You CAN Commemorate Veterans During Your Panel Discussion

As a proud veteran of the US Coast Guard, please take a moment in time to thank the men and women who serve this country – […]
July 15, 2020

COVID Questions to Ask Before You Agree to Moderate a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked to moderate a live, face-to-face panel.  After my initial shock (what? Live?  Do you not know that the COVID-19 virus is still […]
May 6, 2020

Panel Moderators: Prepare Your “Cutoff Phrases” Ahead of Time

It’s not a matter of “if” one of your panelists on your panel discussion will ramble off-topic.  It is when it will happen. Especially when moderating a […]
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