Facilitating Ad Boards

David Luke was recognized by his colleagues at Pfizer as a great facilitator. He had a standard opening line: “I’m an equal opportunity abuser,” he’d say to the assembled physicians.

“I will be calling on you at anytime on any subject during the meeting. So–heads up!”

It takes a skilled and confident facilitator to use an opening gambit like that, and while it worked well for David, it might not work for every facilitator out there.

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How to be a good panelist

Whenever I’ve been a panelist, I start out thinking it’s easy—a no brainer—and then, as I get closer to the event, I change my mind.  I begin to realize that I will be on display for all to see and hear and that it represents an opportunity to create a positive impression and contribute to the dialogue in my industry.

Because I have yet to meet a moderator who is willing and able to coordinate, prep, and coach his/her panelists, ...

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How to be a great panel moderator

There is very little drama in panelsI’d like to see panelists a bit more feisty, eager to engage in debate and debunk…but they rarely are (or do). Polite and well-mannered is more like it–don’t want to rock the boat or roil the waters. Keep it nice and tidy, which often means boring.

Paul Kedrosky and I share a friend in the private equity business who asked us to contribute to a publication called PRIVATE  EQUITY INTERNATIONAL.  ...

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Public Speaking Course in New Jersey

There are multiple layers of challenges for the business presenter.

For instance, there’s the psychological—the fact that we are all anxious about public speaking, even the best of us.  And when we are anxious, some of us tend to become shy and tentative, and others begin to put on a persona that isn’t natural to them.  Both of these tendencies are less than optimal.

Then there is the physical aspect.  As soon as we allow our nerves to take over, our voice ...

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Why you need presentation skills training

Most of us need training because:

  1. We are unaware.
  2. We don’t do what we want, or know how, to do.
  3. We don’t practice.

We are not aware of how we come across.  We have blind spots.  Blind areas.  Our education is incomplete.  We have not read the great books on the subject of effective speech.  We have not trained under masters of the art.   We need to expand our awareness.

Even when we know what we should do, or ...

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Facilitation Skills: Making the Most of Your Role as a Panel Moderator

You’ve been invited to moderate a panel.  The question is: How can you do it really well so that the meeting is rated highly, you look good, and your chances of being invited back are good?

First, you should look at the job of moderator as a great chance to create a host of positive impressions.  It’s great marketing for you and your company.  Let’s look into the details.

What’s the topic?  Can you change the topic, or re-phrase the title of the topic to ...

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