A new panel moderator recently contacted me with all kinds of questions about her upcoming panel:
Notice, she wanted to know “What’s best?” And while I personally have some preferences, there is no ONE way to moderate a panel discussion. It all depends on the topic, the venue, the panelists, and of course, the moderator’s own personal style.
My best advice is to make ALL of these small choices (aka the other things she should consider) on behalf of the audience to deliver the “promise” as stated in the program materials.
BTW – you can find out all the things you should consider in my book, Powerful Panels.
For more information about how to moderate a lively & informative leadership panel discussion, check out our free 7-part video series on how to moderate a panel and other resources to help you organize, moderate, or be a panel member.