2014 January

Running a winning panel discussion

Posted by Ron Nehring in Noteworthy on January 25, 2014 with No Comments

Panel discussion

by Ron Nehring

We’ve all been forced to sit through them, like high school detention with a speaker: a poorly run panel discussion at a meeting, training or conference.  Like everything else in life, there are many wrong ways, and a few right ways, to build a successful panel discussion that holds audience attention and actually contributes to accomplishing the event’s goals.

A panel discussion is an opportunity to bring together several different speakers on a common topic and provide the audience with the benefit of the interaction between the speakers.  When Walt Mossberg brought together Bill Gates and Steve Jobs for a two-person “panel” at a 2007 conference, audience attention was driven by the interaction between the two technology leaders.  Six years later, more the video of the event has been viewed more than 6 million times.

There are at least four keys to a successful panel discussion.
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