Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Should your panel moderator gigs go on your speaker page?

On my blog The Eloquent Woman, I shared 6 must-haves on your speaker page that range from video to social buzz. But should your gigs as a moderator make the cut?

My answer: Absolutely. But I suspect that many speakers are omitting panel moderator gigs when they list their speaking engagements on the speaker page they maintain on a blog or website. Perhaps you consider moderation a lesser role than being an individual speaker, or even a panelist?

In fact, since moderating a panel can be more complex than delivering a keynote, you should be including moderation on your speaker page if you want to show off your skills to conference organizers. If you're a frequent moderator, choose some high-profile, difficult, or controversial panels to highlight, and indicate there are more available on request. You also can list the total number of panels you've moderated in a given year, and then add more specifics for high-profile panels. And if your moderation got good reviews or social buzz, by all means, include it.

(Creative Commons licensed photo by the International Labour Organisation)

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