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Top 10 Rules for Moderating a Panel

by | Dec 29, 2015

  1. YOUR CLOCK is your best friend. But don’t look at your watch. Be subtle.Executive Communication Speaker and Coach Karen Cortell Reisman Top 10
  2. You want to give equal time to your panel – don’t let one panelist take over
  3. Your job: be gracious and be strong. Major screw up is when your panel takes over!!
  4. You will want to do some probing with your questions.
  5. Don’t say “great question” repetitively.
  6. Give concise introductions of your panelists and share, up front, your goals/desired outcomes for the discussion.
  7. Don’t pander to one panelist.
  8. Don’t take over yourself. You are not a panelist.
  9. Do your homework. Find out what the panelists want to be asked. Find out who your audience is so you can meet their needs.
  10. Leave about 3 minutes at the end for your conclusion. Summarize, thank your panel, and give your “call to action”.

Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. Karen also speaks about her cousin, Albert Einstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.

Read more about Karen here.


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