Writing Tips

Moderating tips

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!

Announcements

March 2017 Updates

Whee, this is the first post for this brand new site! March 2017 is shaping up to be a rather exciting month, and I’ve got two big announcements!

First, my super short flash fiction piece, Desperate Magic is being published in the inaugural Flash Fiction Magazine on Amazon! It has 50 super short stories written by 50 different authors, and I hope you will enjoy them all as I did.

My second announcement also relates to short stories; the Pulp Toast/Roti Bakar team will be attending the All-In! Young Writers Festival 2017 happening at *Scape this 10 -12 March, 2017! Join us for a “Snackable Fiction” session at 10am to 11am on Saturday, March 11 to learn more about writing snackable, bite-sized fiction.

I’ll also be moderating the “Life’s Guilty Pleasures” panel on the same day, but from 1.10pm to 2pm, which will explore using words to sell concepts and products featuring Zalora’s Head of Content, Joyce Chua, and Walter Panganiban, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines.

You can get tickets here or follow the hashtag #ALLINSG2017 on Twitter and Facebook. See you there!