How to Distinguish Yourself in a Panel Discussion

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Be a Standout Panelist

You’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion. Congratulations! That automatically designates you as a subject matter expert. Serving as a panelist is good exposure for you and your company. The panel could pair you with other experts you’ve been angling to meet and will enhance your personal brand.

Pre-Planning

Some panelists just show up and wing it. They’re the ones who ramble on and on, ignore the other panelists and aren’t prepared for the inevitable questions from the audience. Those panelists …Read more…

Your Favorite Blog Posts From The Newman Group

lynda_carter_as_wonder_womanNext week we’ll enter our fourth year of blogging about topics designed to help you to become a more confident and polished speaker in presentations and media interviews. Guest authors also added their valuable perspectives.

You’ve helped guide us to the topics of most interest by your comments and the traffic each post generated. We’ll take this into account in planning our topics for 2015.

Drum Roll for the Top Three

Our tabulation revealed the top post by traffic: What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion? …Read more…

How a Moderator Facilitates a Lively and Informative Panel Discussion

By Denise Restauri, Founder & CEO,  GirlQuake

The day has arrived for the panel discussion you’re moderating.

Denise Restauri is a panel discussion moderator

Denise Restauri

Last week, I described how the moderator and panelists do their advance preparation. In this post, I’ll discuss how to moderate a panel discussion that will have the audience on the edge of their seats.

Before Going On Stage

Before going on stage, the moderator should arrange for all panelists to meet each other, and for the moderator to meet with all panelists for last-minute updates or instructions and to comfort panelists who exhibit any anxiety. …Read more…

What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion?

By Denise Restauri, Founder & CEO, GirlQuake

All moderators should repeat this: “This is not about me. I am not the star.”

Denise Restauri is a panel discussion moderator

Denise Restauri

If you’re a moderator, you need to take all thoughts about “you,” dump them in an imaginary box and toss the box. If you want to be the star, switch seats and be a panelist.

You were asked to be the moderator because you are an expert, so be an expert moderator by shining the spotlight where it belongs – on the panelists. Make them look smart and you’ll look smart. A great moderator should speak 10 percent of the time — the rest of the time is for the panelists and the audience.

Let The Audience In

Engage the audience. Make the audience want more because the conversation is lively, the content is informative, and they’re a part of the conversation. …Read more…