Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The all-in-one on introductions: For panel moderators

You can make the argument that introducing the panel is the main job of the moderator (although it's more complex than that). Introductions set the stage, establish the theme, and lead to clearer understanding between speakers and audience members. If you're just reading someone's bio, there's much more to learn about proper panel introductions in these 8 posts loaded with help and perspective:
  1. Toward better panel introductions shares my most important do's and don'ts for this key task. Start here for intros that will delight speakers and audiences.
  2. Your introductions should *not* steal the speakers' best content, and I have 3 good reasons why, tempted though you may be.
  3. Using a three-speaker limit to keep panels on time works to reduce time for introductions, always an important part of your time calculations.
  4. Does the moderator need a script? Yes, she probably does, and the introductions are a major part of the reason why I recommend it.
  5. Embracing your inner housekeeper as a moderator will help you avoid common complaints like intros that take almost as long as the panel itself. (Yes, audiences notice those.)
  6. 3 rhetorical devices even moderators can use include some that fit nicely into your introductions back-pocket.
  7. Should the moderator introduce herself? may sound like an obvious question with an obvious answer. But many moderators miss this opportunity.
  8. Does your pronunciation of panelists' names matter? Yes, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. It has less to do with offending and more with comprehension and connection.
You'll find much more about introductions in my ebook at the link below. Enjoy expanding your range with this critical skill.

(Creative Commons licensed photo by UN Women)

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