What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion?

By Denise Restauri, Founder & CEO, GirlQuake

All moderators should repeat this: “This is not about me. I am not the star.”

Denise Restauri is a panel discussion moderator

Denise Restauri

If you’re a moderator, you need to take all thoughts about “you,” dump them in an imaginary box and toss the box. If you want to be the star, switch seats and be a panelist.

You were asked to be the moderator because you are an expert, so be an expert moderator by shining the spotlight where it belongs – on the panelists. Make them look smart and you’ll look smart. A great moderator should speak 10 percent of the time — the rest of the time is for the panelists and the audience.

Let The Audience In

Engage the audience. Make the audience want more because the conversation is lively, the content is informative, and they’re a part of the conversation. …Read more…

Your Favorite Blog Posts From The Newman Group

lynda_carter_as_wonder_womanNext week we’ll enter our fourth year of blogging about topics designed to help you to become a more confident and polished speaker in presentations and media interviews. Guest authors also added their valuable perspectives.

You’ve helped guide us to the topics of most interest by your comments and the traffic each post generated. We’ll take this into account in planning our topics for 2015.

Drum Roll for the Top Three

Our tabulation revealed the top post by traffic: What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion? …Read more…

Your Favorite Blog Posts from The Newman Group in 2013

Where did the past year go? It seems like yesterday that the President was re-elected and inaugurated for a second term. In January, we were looking ahead to this year.

Now 52 weeks and 52 blog posts later we decided to review the topics that generated the most traffic. We were curious to know the posts that got a big “thumbs up” from our readers.

The “Big Three”

The winning post – which had double the traffic of number two – was about the role of the moderator in a panel discussion. Power Words Our guest author, Denise Restauri, is founder and CEO of GirlQuake, and a columnist for Forbes.com.

The moderator may be the most important presenter on the panel, because it is her role, Denise said, to engage the audience and keep the panelists on topic. This is a post you will most definitely want to read …Read more…