by Kevin Armstrong
Longtime Spirit & Place Public Conversation moderator Kevin Armstrong created this top ten list to help you plan a well-moderator discussion. Check out the partner’s resource page for the extended version!
- The moderator’s principal role is to allow each panelist to be his or her best self.
- If at all possible, talk individually with the panelists before the event and talk together with the group for at least an hour before the presentation.
- Avoid formal introductions.
- Stand up for the audience and involve them.
- Be neutral and objective.
- Be informed and prepared.
- Ask the question everyone has on his or her mind but is not asking..
- Once you’ve asked a question, look at the audience and look at the other panelists.
- Be attentive to three things at once: The conversation that is going on. Where the panelists seem to be taking the conversation. How the audience is responding.
- Say Thank you.
Attended our Signature event – Public Conversation in the past? What tips do you have?