I had a blast at the All-In! Young Writers Festival last week held at *Scape from 10 March to 12 March 2017. That said, it was also my first time moderating a panel of speakers. I moderated a panel on experiential marketing aka advertising. It was a surprisingly easy panel to moderate, mainly because I had excellent speakers, but I picked up a few tips that you might want to consider if you are asked to moderate a panel:
1. Research, research, research
Find out who your panellists are. Read their works. Check out their stance on issues, if needed. Craft the questions you want to ask them based on what you’ve read.
2. Introduce yourself
Depending on your organiser, you may be able to meet your panellists beforehand virtually. Introduce yourself politely, ask them about their planned topics and discuss the topics you may want to cover.
3. Prep speech and questions
Check the festival guidelines before preparing your speech. Familiarise yourself with what’s required and practice saying them out loud a few days before your actual talk. If needed, get a notebook and write the speech instead.
Prep your questions too, in case everyone is too shy to do so during the Q&A session.
4. Settle on a cue
Your speakers may ramble on. Make sure you speak to your panellists beforehand about cues to warn them if they’re going over the limit. It can be as discreet as a cough or another small signal.
5. Thank your panellists and sponsors
This should be in your moderator’s guidelines, really. Thank them and your sponsors. And thank those who attended.
And that’s it. Have a tip/idea I missed out on? Lemme know in the comments!