April 3, 2024
Run of Show For a Panel Discussion

Sample Script and “Run of Show” For a Panel Discussion

I am often asked for a sample script for a panel discussion. I am not a big fan of scripting the panel, word for word. Sometimes […]
October 11, 2023
9 Factors to Consider When Organizing Your Panel Discussion (1)

9 Factors to Consider When Organizing Your Panel Discussion

What do you do if you don’t have a clear vision for your panel? What if all you have known is the traditional style panel format, […]
August 17, 2023
Have a Vision for a Panel Discussion (1)

Have a Vision for a Panel Discussion

I was talking with a group of meeting organizers about the importance of having a vision for a panel discussion. Frankly, there were a few puzzled […]
July 4, 2023
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The Hypothetical Panel Discussion Format

Ed Bernacki, Founder of The Idea Factory, shared this unique panel format he calls The Hypothetical Panel Discussion Format. Here is his explanation of the format […]
June 8, 2023
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The He Said, She Said Panel Format

Note to Reader: This format can be done with any two opposing voices: Sales Said, Marketing Said; Management Said, Employees Said; Producers Said, Customers Said. Please […]
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 […]
March 30, 2022
Goodie Bag Panel Discussion Format

The Goodie Bag Panel Discussion Format

When you have a good sense of the various topics you want to cover, try this unique goodie bag panel discussion format: For each topic, select […]
March 15, 2022

Sample Script for a Panel Discussion in the Round

I recently put together this sample script for a panel discussion in the round, otherwise known as a “fishbowl” format. Thought it might be useful as […]
October 20, 2021
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Demonstration Panel Format to Discuss Best Practices

During this week’s Powerful Panel Podcast, David Cruickshank shared his “demonstration panel format” which is a brilliant format to share and discuss best practices. Cruickshank mostly […]
June 3, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

Panel Moderation Technique: The Audience as the Fourth Panelist

During a recent interview with Sarah Michel, VP of Connexity at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, she mentioned a technique she uses when moderating a panel discussion: The […]
April 7, 2021

Pack a 1-2-3 Panel Discussion Punch!

Thank goodness the pandemic ice storm is beginning to thaw and we’re starting to venture outside and meeting in person again.  Most agree, we cannot “go […]
March 31, 2021

Expand Panelist’s Initial Remarks into Cohesive Ideas

I get disappointed when a moderator selects a more traditional “initial remarks” format. Why? Because they do two things that drive me nuts: 1) They allow […]
March 11, 2021

The Very Best Virtual Panel Discussion Ever!?

#BestPanelEver. It was, literally, one of the best virtual/hybrid panels I’ve seen all year. And I wasn’t the only one who was thinking that – the […]
February 9, 2021

Tactful Transitions to Move the Audience Through a Panel Discussion

I’m a big fan of chunking up a panel discussion into bite-sized segments.  For example, if you take a look at the traditional panel format, you […]
September 9, 2020

Prompt Brilliant Panelist Discussion with the “What If” Game

Who knows what the future holds for you, me, our community, our country, the world?  These are the questions that many panel moderators are posing to […]
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