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How I moderated the State of Django panel at DjangoCon US.

On Wednesday last week I moderated the State of Django panel as the closing session for DjangoCon US 2018.

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What are good topics for panel discussions?

Anything that’s controversial in your industry, especially if it’s a recent debate. Just make sure that your panelists disagree—there’s nothing more boring than a panel where everyone has exactly the same opinion.

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Who is the best conference panel moderator?

Two of the best moderators I’ve seen are Jeffrey Veen and Jeremy Keith, both of whom are regular contributors at SXSW.

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What are some of the wackiest panel discussion formats?

There’s a format called a fish bowl which is pretty fascinating:

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How To Be A Good Participant On A Panel: Disagree. When I’m on a panel, I always try to have lunch or dinner with the other panelists beforehand to figure out in advance what points we disagree on. # 5th March 2010, 9 am