October 9, 2018

The Spotlight Panel Discussion – Comic-Con Style

Here’s a new term for you: the Spotlight Panel.  First featured by the ultimate panel destination, San Diego Comic-Con, the Spotlight Panel Session is exactly what […]
September 17, 2018

Is a Panel Discussion Merely a “Staged Conversation?”

Is a panel discussion merely a “staged conversation” as noted by Indian author and frequent panelist Jerry Pinto in a recent blog posting?
July 10, 2018

A Rapid-Fire Poll Revs Up a Panel Discussion

  Here’s another technique to shift gears and change the pace in your panel discussion: Take a rapid-fire poll of the panelists!
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 […]
May 9, 2018

Panelists: Use this Trick to Answer a Panel Discussion Question

Panelists, what do you do when you are the LAST person to answer the same question all the other panelists answered already?
May 2, 2018

Try the Improv Technique to Spice Up a Panel Discussion

In Tina Fey’s bestselling book, Bossypants, Fey shares, “the first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required […]
April 20, 2018

Panel Discussion Case Study: The Programmatic Punch

Here’s the challenge: A full day of panels discussing “Programmatic Trading” with intense topics such as blockchain, compensation for ad fraud, and other detailed discussions.
April 9, 2018

“If There is a Hell, It Would Be a Panel Discussion”

I recently noticed a tweet that said, “If there is a hell, it would be a panel discussion.”
March 29, 2018

Panel Discussion Technique: Question Behind the Question

Here’s a panel discussion tip for panelists from the Founder of Extreme Meetings, Brian Walter.  He calls it “the question behind the question” – a technique […]
March 20, 2018

Close a Panel Discussion with a Rant

Here’s a fun way to end your panel discussion:  it’s the thirty-second rant.
February 14, 2018

WHEN Should Panelists Know the Questions in Advance?

I was moderating a panel discussion this week when an audience member approached me afterward and asked, “Did the panelists know the questions in advance?”
December 20, 2017

A Fun Technique to Open Your Next Panel Discussion

Take a cue from Improv with this fun, conversational opening to your next panel discussion:
December 6, 2017

Panel Discussion Format: “Ask a Fill-In-The-Blank”

You may not use this panel discussion format very often, but when you want the audience to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, try the […]
November 20, 2017

4 Roles to Cast When Selecting Panelists

Some words of wisdom from fellow professional panel moderator, Brian Walter: If you are in charge of the panel you want to “cast for contrast.” And […]
November 8, 2017

How to Co-Moderate a Panel Discussion

Recently, I was asked to co-moderate a panel discussion with a dear friend and colleague.  “Wouldn’t it be fun?” she said.  Yes, it can be – […]
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