On Good Moderators
When you organize a panel or an event that requires a moderator, the quality of the moderator can make or break the event.
Here is a guideline for selecting good moderators:
- They know the panelists (their background, their positions on issues to be discussed/talking points, their personalities and tendencies)
- They are assertive enough to interrupt, but able to leave their ego behind so they aren’t inserting themselves to get the spotlight themselves (their job is to bring out the panelists’ views and clarify them for the audience as necessary)
- They can scan the room for reactions and adjust their questions accordingly to lead the panelists while paying attention to the overall gist of the panelists’ speeches.
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