Thursday, April 30, 2015

Step-by-step guidance for panel moderators: Review

Reader and client Cate Huston, a software engineer and frequent speaker, took the time to review The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels on her blog, Accidentally in Code. She said:
The parts I found most useful were:
  • The step by step guide to preparing as a moderator – I read it contemplating my first moderator gig and having no idea what to do! (It fell through, so now I’ll have to look for another opportunity to use what I learned.)
  • The set of exercises and questions to make the panel less generic.
  • Ways to interrupt! Which let’s be honest is useful for women in meetings, too.
One reason I wrote the book is that no one really tells you what to do when you're asked to moderate, and the result is lackluster moderation or panels that get out of control. So I'm glad Cate was able to access the information before embarking on a moderation career!

Need more coaching on how to be a better panel moderator? Order the new ebook The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels. At just $3.99 and available in many formats, it's a great back-pocket coach to take on stage with you in your smartphone or tablet. Find more tips on public speaking on The Eloquent Woman blog.