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 brilliant panelists.
So why not make it interesting with the “What If” Game.
Here’s how it goes:
The moderator asks a panelist a question that starts with “What if…?” The panelist then provides a short response (no more than a paragraph) about what they could do, and selects another panelist to pick up the thread. The new panelist says “and” to add new information or “or” to disagree with the previous comments or add a different perspective.
I did this with an hour-long virtual panel about the future of meetings using Zoom. In this case, we asked these kinds of “What if” questions:
As the panelists were responding, the moderator also encouraged the audience to add their ideas to the chatbox.
And, as a nice touch, collect all the ideas and send them out after the panel discussion is over.
For more resources on moderating panel discussions, visit the Knowledge Vault. To have Kristin moderate your next panel, visit the Powerful Panels official website.
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