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Great Panel Discussions: The Right Way To Set The Room

You’ve probably seen the typical panel setup: one long table with several chairs, a desk microphone for each panelist resting atop the table, and a moderator either seated amongst the panelists or standing behind a lectern next to the table.

That popular format—which can still be found at many corporate, scientific, and academic conferences—isn’t conducive to lively conversation. In fact, it inhibits it.

Here’s how to break the mold and make it better.