I recently participated on a panel at my alma mater. We, the panelists, were complimented by some audience members that we were great extemporaneous speakers. I, for one, was not that great.
We were just led by a great moderator who prepared us well for the discussion. The goal of a panel discussion is to provide a forum for experts to relate experiences, favorable and unfavorable, for others going through similar business issues. Although the Tradewinds Council https://www.jimthomasintl.com/the-tradewinds-councilcopy.html is not a panel, there are common themes we use. Moderators or facilitators with subject matter expertise lead discussions in a structured and planned methodology but are not entirely scripted. A more lively and free flowing discussion ensues when the panelists are comfortable with some preparation and structure. The key is to engage the panelists early on so that they are at ease when they receive questions and comments from the audience.
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