Category Archives: producing discussions

The Commandments of Moderating a Panel, Parts 1 – 2: The Basic Basics

Not long ago I posted my top five  Don’ts when creating a panel discussion.  It was intended for anyone putting together a panel event.  Now let’s focus in on moderating.  Here, the first two of the Ten Commandments of Moderating.  These are the most basic of basics (but even so, you’ve probably suffered through more than one panel that broke these rules): Continue reading

Coach Vermeil’s Secret to Leadership

Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Coach Dick Vermeil (nominated just two days ago to the Pro Football Hall of Fame) speak on leadership at a wonderful NHS Foundation event in Philadelphia.  I want to share one of his great observations.   It could be be the key to meaningful employee development at your organization: Continue reading

Five Great Ways to Create a Terrible Panel Discussion

Like the sound of yawns?  Of people fidgeting in seats and checking email during your event? Of audience members complaining about your panel afterward? Then follow these steps — any one of them can do the trick: Continue reading

Panelists Just Say No

It’s not a suggestion, it’s an observation.  And it can help you ask questions that keep the conversation flowing. Continue reading

Steal This Question: September 11, 2015

I can’t produce every discussion idea I come up with.  So let me share them here, and if you like them, please use them yourself (though attribution is always nice).  Here’s the first: Continue reading

Your Panelists Need No Introduction

Granted, they probably won’t realize it, but one of the worst things you can do for your panelists is introduce them. Continue reading

Price of Admission: One Question

Audience questions are a resource that can have a huge, positive impact on an event.  But the Q & A session at the end of the discussion is one of the weakest ways to use them.  There’s a much better alternative.

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