May 22, 2024
Panelist is Missing

What To Do When a Panelist is Missing

One of your panelists is missing. The panel is about to start and either they never showed up to the venue or they are now missing […]
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, […]
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 […]
February 22, 2024
powerful words to use in a panel discussion

The 3 Most Powerful Words to Use in a Panel Discussion

I was chatting with my colleague, Don Yaeger about panel discussions and he asked me, “Do you know the three most powerful words to use in […]
January 18, 2024
clipboard for a panel discussion

Personalize Your Clipboard for a Panel Discussion

I always get so many compliments on the clipboard that I use during my panel discussions. Here’s what I do to personalize my clipboard for a […]
January 9, 2024
Turn Off Your Audience

12 VERY Easy Ways to Turn Off Your Audience During a Panel Discussion

We’ve all been there. The panel moderator or a panelist says or does something that turns us off. Instead of leaning into the conversation, we lean […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
August 3, 2023
stale panel discussion topic

What to Do With a Stale Topic in a Panel Discussion

It happens sometimes when you’ve been given a stale topic in a panel discussion. You sigh. Shake your head thinking, “The audience doesn’t want to hear […]
June 19, 2023
Moderate a Panel Confidently

Moderate a Panel Confidently: 9 Tips to Quit Being in Your Head

I was coaching a new panel moderator through an important panel discussion and I commented that she was “being in your head” a bit much. That […]
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 […]
February 24, 2023
Use AI to Craft Your Panel Discussion Questions

Use AI to Craft Your Panel Discussion Questions

Last week, we let AI draft the blog about the “biggest panelist faux pas.” That got me thinking….how can we use AI to craft panel discussion […]
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