March 28, 2014

Engage Your Panel Audience Early and Often

Today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction – especially during the panel discussion format.  Nothing will piss them off more than lengthy introductions, followed by […]
March 23, 2014

Get Rid of the White, Draped Table at Panel Discussions!

The default panel discussion room set appears to be a long table at the front of the room, draped with a white (or black) tablecloth with […]
March 20, 2014
Panel Moderator

8 Different Roles of a Panel Moderator

The moderator's job is to help the audience get their needs met through a panel format.  The moderator sets the tone, the pace, and control of the content, staying ever-vigilant in keeping it relevant for the audience.  It is the moderator's responsibility to make sure the panel is lively, engaging, and worthwhile.
March 17, 2014

10 Common Mistakes Panel Moderators Make…And How to Avoid Them

In a recent survey of 539 executives, thought leaders and meeting planners, 72% of the respondents had issues with the moderator.  That’s 3/4 of the people […]
March 15, 2014
Panel Discussion Definition

Panel Discussion Definition

A panel discussion is a specific format used in a meeting, conference, or convention.  It is a live, in-person or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives in front of a large audience.
January 20, 2014

Top Ten Must-Read Blogs on Moderating a Panel Discussion

As I  started researching the universe of panel discussions for my book, Powerful Panels, I did what any red-blooded American (or Swede) would do.  I Googled […]
November 29, 2013

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