Panel Discussion Pro Tips

Ruth Milligan is back with her video tips from the Articulation tree house. Today’s topic: how to create more inspired panel discussions at your next meeting.

Admittedly, Ruth has not been known to be a big fan of panel discussions. Recently, she attended one, and was reminded why. Yes, she loved the topic of this panel. Respected the people on the panel. Is a fan of the organization that hosted the panel. She still walked away a bit disappointed.

Ruth’s three panel discussion pro tips:

  1. Ensure that the moderator asks questions that are reflective of the answers your audience wants to hear. (Hint: stories.)
  2. Set tight parameters for audience Q&A.
  3. Ask panelists to come prepared with a succinct, two or three-minute statement.

Watch the video for more details.

If you’re planning a panel discussion, we hope you take these tips to heart.

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Ruth Milligan is the Founder, Managing Director and an Executive Coach and Trainer with Articulation. She is perhaps best known as one of the original curators for any TEDx event (the license program for TED). Since 2009, Ruth has selected and coached over 200 speakers who have taken the TEDxColumbus stage. She is often tapped as an expert in the TED-style of speaking and has authored a class on how to be a TEDx speaker coach. Connect with Ruth.