March 24, 2021

How to Select Diverse People to Ask a Question During a Panel Discussion

As a leading expert on moderating panels, I am often asked to watch a panel discussion and provide the organization and/or moderator feedback – what went […]
March 17, 2021

Participant-Centered Approach to Curate Panel Discussion Questions

Bob Pike, Chairman and Founder of the Training and Performance Forum, shared this panel discussion format of “capturing the question” using small groups during a panel […]
March 3, 2021

How to Gracefully Interrupt a Panelist Who Talks Too Long

I would be rich if I got a dollar for every time I am asked how to tactfully cut off a panelist who talks too long.  […]
February 23, 2021

Plan Panelist Introductions that Benefit the Audience

Somewhere at the beginning of your panel discussion, the panelists need to be introduced.  You would think this is a simple task. There are several choices […]
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 […]
January 7, 2021

Soft Launch Celebration: 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

TODAY marks the soft launch of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion! The paperback book and the pdf Ebook are now available with […]
December 22, 2020

123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion

It’s done!  I just sent the final, formatted proof to the printer of my new book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion!
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 […]
November 11, 2020

You CAN Commemorate Veterans During Your Panel Discussion

As a proud veteran of the US Coast Guard, please take a moment in time to thank the men and women who serve this country – […]
September 16, 2020

Use the Full “Camera Stage” to Spark Interest and Variety

Just as actors and speakers use the physical stage, virtual presenters, panel moderators, and panelists should use the “camera stage” to spark interest and variety while […]
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 […]
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, […]
July 15, 2020

COVID Questions to Ask Before You Agree to Moderate a Panel Discussion

I was recently asked to moderate a live, face-to-face panel.  After my initial shock (what? Live?  Do you not know that the COVID-19 virus is still […]
June 24, 2020

Moderators: Figure Out Your Handout Strategy

Especially in these times of virtual panels, many panelists want to provide more value to the audience in the form of a handout.  That’s what they […]
June 16, 2020

Alter Your Appearance to Excite Your Panel Audience

As we continue to practice social distancing, we still need to meet, albeit virtually.  And we’ll still have the ubiquitous panel discussions with a group of […]
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