How a Moderator Facilitates a Lively and Informative Panel Discussion

By Denise Restauri, Founder & CEO,  GirlQuake

The day has arrived for the panel discussion you’re moderating.

Denise Restauri is a panel discussion moderator

Denise Restauri

Last week, I described how the moderator and panelists do their advance preparation. In this post, I’ll discuss how to moderate a panel discussion that will have the audience on the edge of their seats.

Before Going On Stage

Before going on stage, the moderator should arrange for all panelists to meet each other, and for the moderator to meet with all panelists for last-minute updates or instructions and to comfort panelists who exhibit any anxiety. …Read more…

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…

What You Really Can Learn From Reality TV

Reality shows are fun to watch but they also offer an opportunity for you to improve your own presentation skills by watching how contestants perform during one of the most important moments of their lives.Shark Tank

In our last post, we discussed how to sharpen your presentation skills if you want to audition for popular reality shows. But you don’t have to become a contestant to get real-life business lessons from two reality shows that are designed for entertainment value. …Read more…

Presentations and Media Interviews are Easy – When You Know How

If you have not have visited the Newman Group’s website lately, then you’ve missed new videos in which Joyce Newman describes what we do and our approach to our specialties: presentation and media training. …Read more…