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, […]
April 30, 2024

How to Moderate the Verbal Grenade on a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked what to do when a panelist’s opening comment is a volatile hypothesis – that they hadn’t talked about during the planning session. […]
April 24, 2024
standing-room-only panel discussion

How to Manage a Standing-Room-Only Panel Discussion

Good news! It’s standing room only at your panel discussion! That is a testament to the panel’s relevance and the audience’s interest in the topic. However, […]
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 […]
March 6, 2024
Inclusive Language on Your Panel Discussion

Use More Inclusive Language on Your Panel Discussion

As the panel moderator, it’s your job to address the audience. Do you step out onto the stage, give the audience a warm smile, and enthusiastically […]
February 29, 2024
too many panelists

What to do When You Have Too Many Panelists

The optimal number of panelists for a panel discussion is 3-4. Beyond that, “you have a party, not a panel!” (Thanks to Sarah Michel for sharing […]
October 17, 2023
can i get paid to be a moderator

Can I Get Paid to be a Panel Moderator?

I am often asked, “Can I get paid to be a panel moderator?” Good question, and the answer is (like most things) “it depends.” Many panel […]
October 5, 2023
When to Hire a Professional Panel Moderator

When to Hire a Professional Panel Moderator

When the stakes are high and you really need to hit a home run, you’ll want to hire a professional panel moderator to: In the big […]
September 19, 2023
Panel Discussion Recovery Lines

Panel Discussion Recovery Lines: What to do When the Unexpected Occurs

After you have moderated panel discussions for a while, you realize it is simply a matter of time before some “incident” will occur in the middle […]
June 28, 2023
create an inclusive environment

How to Create an Inclusive Environment During a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked about how to create an inclusive environment during a panel discussion. It’s more than being welcoming and friendly. Here are nine things […]
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 […]
October 5, 2022
when to have a panel discussion

When to Have a Panel Discussion

I’ve been wondering lately about the placement of panels, specifically when to have a panel discussion inserted into the flow of the program. True enough, panel […]
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 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
Panel Discussion Script On Stage

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 […]
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