July 28, 2022
difference between moderating and facilitating

The Difference Between Moderating and Facilitating an Event

A client recently thanked me for moderating an event, and in all truthfulness, I was facilitating that meeting – not moderating. I realize many people use […]
April 26, 2022

14 Ideas to Keep Your Panel Discussion Script on Stage

A client of mine was just days away from her first panel and texted me in a panic: “How do I bring my panel discussion script […]
April 20, 2022

Pepper Notices into Your Panel Discussion

Rather than save all the notices and information (aka “housekeeping”) for the end of the panel discussion, why not pepper them throughout the panel? When you […]
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 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 […]
February 21, 2022

Making the Best Panel Moderator Decisions

A new panel moderator recently contacted me with all kinds of questions about her upcoming panel: What’s best? Should I sit stage right and have all […]
November 17, 2021
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Panel Moderator Certificate

Recognize the efforts of your panel moderator with a panel moderator certificate. I’ve mentioned other ways to recognize your panel moderators and panelists, but here’s another […]
June 9, 2021
Panel Discussion Questions

17 Different Types of Panel Discussion Questions

17 different types of questions posed to panelists during a panel discussion
April 21, 2021
virtual panel discussion

Virtual Panel Discussion Technique: “Pass the Ball”

To create a brilliant virtual panel discussion, you gather a handful of smart people and pray for scintillating conversations to spontaneously happen. When your panelists know […]
February 3, 2021

10 Question Discussion Guide for the Book: 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

Readers: Erin Albert, creative pharmacist, author, attorney, and edutainer posted this on LinkedIn and I thought it was brilliant!  With her permission, I am sharing this […]
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 […]
August 19, 2020

The Difference Between Moderating and Emceeing an Event

Last night, Eva Longoria Bastón launched a historic Democratic National Convention – all done “virtually.”  Billed as the event moderator, she began the night with opening comments, […]
August 2, 2020

Differences Between Moderating an In-Person and Virtual Panel Discussion

If you can’t moderate a panel discussion well in the live, face-to-face world, you probably won’t do a great job in the virtual world. And why […]
July 1, 2020

Creative Ways of Getting Virtual Audience Feedback

You’ve decided you want to poll the audience to get their opinion, select among a limited number of options, or to gauge their level of interest […]
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