Who is a good moderator? A good moderator is the audience’s advocate for truth, insight, and brevity–any two will do. When a panelist makes a sales pitch or tells lies, you are morally obligated to smack him around in front of the audience.
How do I start a moderator?
- Don’t prep with your panelists.
- Sit with your panelists.
- Moderators can’t also be panelists.
- No slides.
- State your objective at the outset.
- Never let the panelists introduce themselves.
- Involve the audience within the first five minutes.
- Don’t go down the line every time.
How do I start a moderator session?
- Communicate with the speakers.
- Get the timing right.
- Give the speakers time warnings.
- Give the discussant their time.
- Take questions from the audience in ‘batch mode’.
- Finish off early if you can.
What are 3 basic characteristics of a good moderator?
- Natural curiosity.
- Ease in interacting with people.
- Ability to remain impartial, open, and unbiased.
- Strong verbal skills.
- Excited about the process of discovery.
- Creating comfort and trust.