Moderating A Panel: 3 Tips

Being asked to moderate a panel is an honor—but no one will tell you it’s easy!

If you get selected to moderate an upcoming panel, here are three tips that will help you prepare:

Being the facilitator of a panel is a huge responsibility. It’s on you to create a great experience and keep the conversation among the panelists flowing. By keeping the panel light and casual, the conversation is more interactive and the audience and panelists have more fun, too.

Too often, moderators are thinking about the second or third questions they have lined up to ask. Instead, stay present and listen to what each panelist is saying. Then use that to go deeper and ask a follow-up question or bridge it to a different question for another panelist.

I guarantee the next time you hear a moderator say, “That’s great,” or “That’s interesting,” you’ll cringe, too!

Speaking On A Panel: 3 Tips

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The Life of the Panel

So many of our clients inquire about how to lead a panel, how to be a part of a panel, and/or how to be a moderator. We’re always looking for examples, and when you can – follow the example of a rock star. When Bill Clinton was late to a … Continue reading

Shine on your next panel

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Be a skilled moderator

What does it take to wrangle a bunch of panelists? The ability to simultaneously juggle listening, synthesizing information, timing, and keeping control of dynamic discussions. Quick thinking, humor, and ad-libbing abilities are a bonus. More and more, companies are leading panel discussions to bring experts together to share insights. Whether … Continue reading