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Learning and Knowledge Exchange

Chat Show

Interactive storytelling in front of an audience

 The Chat Show (also called a Talk Show) is a meeting or workshop activity similar to a television talk show, with a host who interviews one or more guests. It is widely used as a dynamic and creative alternative to panel discussions, and is useful for sharing knowledge from guests who are experts or influential persons. A Chat Show usually focuses on a preselected theme. The key to the Chat Show's appeal is its informal approach to the Q&A process, which puts guests at ease while engaging the audience.


  • Host (facilitator; outgoing, engaging personality who is good at getting people to talk and thinking on their feet)
  • 3 - 5 guests (subject-matter experts, leaders, people with knowledge to share)
  • Rapporteur
  • Room (ideally with theatre-style seating)
  • Microphones (lapel and wireless)
  • Flipchart and marker pens (Optional: projector, for capturing key points on PowerPoint slides)
  • 20 - 50 people (larger audiences possible too)
  • 60 - 90 minutes

Download the full module on the Chat Show (PDF), including when and why to use, how to apply, tips for success, variations, and references.



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