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What makes a good
conference moderator?
The host who holds everything
together
...including doing a polished
intro & conclusion & getting
the speakers’ names righ...
Well briefed
...about both the topic and
the logistics of the event
...and can find the right
discussion level -
especially if the audience
is not expert
Gets the big picture
Speaks clearly & colloquially
...which is doubly important
if the audience is multi-
lingual
Can balance the discussion
fairly between the speakers
...and can link
different
viewpoints
together
effectively
...and can
improvise
when required
Knows how to listen for the right
questions
Knows how to interrupt politely
but firmly
...particularly if the
audience is getting
bored
Has a good sense of timing
...and doesn’t let
the panel run into
the coffee break!
Written by
Laura Shields
Senior Associate The
Media Coach
laura.shields@themediacoach.co.uk
www.themediacoach.co.uk
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What makes a good conference moderator?

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At conferences or other big events, people are often asked to moderate panels or discussions based on their contacts and professional knowledge of the topic. But holding an event together, asking the right questions and keeping the speakers and audience happy doesn't come naturally to all. Whether you are picking a moderator for your event, or taking that role yourself here are some tips to bear in mind.

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What makes a good conference moderator?

  1. 1. What makes a good conference moderator?
  2. 2. The host who holds everything together ...including doing a polished intro & conclusion & getting the speakers’ names right!
  3. 3. Well briefed ...about both the topic and the logistics of the event
  4. 4. ...and can find the right discussion level - especially if the audience is not expert Gets the big picture
  5. 5. Speaks clearly & colloquially ...which is doubly important if the audience is multi- lingual
  6. 6. Can balance the discussion fairly between the speakers ...and can link different viewpoints together effectively
  7. 7. ...and can improvise when required Knows how to listen for the right questions
  8. 8. Knows how to interrupt politely but firmly ...particularly if the audience is getting bored
  9. 9. Has a good sense of timing ...and doesn’t let the panel run into the coffee break!
  10. 10. Written by Laura Shields Senior Associate The Media Coach laura.shields@themediacoach.co.uk www.themediacoach.co.uk

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