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How To Moderate a Panel Like a Pro
State your objective at the outset. Don’t write a long-winded introduction. Two sentences will do. Why is this topic important now, and what do you hope to accomplish with
panels  panel_moderation  conferences  LBMA 
january 2016 by jerryking
George Stephanopoulos on the Art of Conversation |
October 2013| Inc. magazine| by Burt Helm

1. Prepare extensively. Good preparation leads to better questions. It also demonstrates a genuine interest, Stephanopoulos says. “Knowing what you’re talking about breeds respect on both sides,” he says. Before a 2009 interview about health care with President Barack Obama, Stephanopoulos prepared extensively to show his guest he had deep knowledge of the subject.

2. Don’t be a know-it-all. After all that prep work, you might feel like an expert. But keep things simple by starting with direct, open-ended questions. Then, use your knowledge to get your subject to expand on pat answers. “I used to try to show off how much work I did,” Stephanopoulos says. “But sometimes it was all wind-up and no question.”

3. Ask “Why?” Ask “What do you do?” at a cocktail party, and people go on autopilot. Ask “Why?” and people give fresher, more thoughtful answers. The same is true for television interviews, Stephanopoulos says.

4. Watch for facial cues. During a conversation, facial cues can indicate if someone wants to say more or less about a topic. For instance, Stephanopoulos says he can tell someone is having a new thought when his or her eyes light up. “You can see it more than you can hear it,” he says. Then, he guides the conversation in that direction.

5. Force yourself to be interested. If you’re bored by the person sitting across from you, your audience will be, too. The key is to find the one thing that does pique your curiosity. Stephanopoulos interviews a lot of actors, but he doesn’t always like their movies. His solution? He finds one scene that he finds remarkable for some reason and focuses on it.
conversations  preparation  George_Stephanopoulos  panels  Communicating_&_Connecting  open-ended  body_language  questions 
october 2013 by jerryking
The keys to chairing a conference -
December 12, 2012 | FT |By Michael Skapinker
Here are the most important lessons I have learnt.
First, your principal enemy is the clock...What do you do if, in spite of calling speakers to order, you find the event is behind schedule? As the aircraft captain says when taking off late, you have to make up time in the air. Cut into the coffee and lunch breaks.

Another trick is to shorten question time – if you are lucky enough to have questions. As I indicated at the beginning, you often don’t, or at least no questioner who wants to go first. If that happens, you have to ask the first question, or perhaps the first two or three.

Second, the only person in the room who has to stay awake at all times is you.

Others may use the soft chair, lowered lights and day off work to snooze. The speakers who have finished can sink into a reverie of relief, but you have to remain alert, watching the clock, marshalling questions and, above all, pulling it all together.

Third, you have to make the day tell a story. Many speakers go exasperatingly off-topic. They know what they are supposed to talk about, but they, or their communications department, prefer to use the opportunity to push their company’s latest initiative. Or the organisers put together a group of speakers who seem to have common interests, but actually don’t.

This can leave delegates dissatisfied, complaining that the event never really reached any conclusions. It is up to you to tie together these disparate strands. When the Australian mining chief finishes, ask whether he agrees with the Brazilian banker’s earlier comments about future Chinese demand. If a speaker talks about the need for Europe to stay in manufacturing, ask how that fits with an earlier speaker’s observation that Europeans increasingly oppose factories in their neighbourhoods.

When you sum up at the end of the day, try to draw the narrative together. But do it in a couple of sentences.
Fourth: no one wants to hear too much from you.
howto  presentations  tips  panels  panel_moderation  Communicating_&_Connecting  public_speaking  conferences 
december 2012 by jerryking
‘It’s a punctuation point in history’ - The Globe and Mail
May. 26, 2009 | Globe & Mail | moderated by Noel Hulsman,
special reports editor for Report on Business. Roundtable panel
exploring ways of moving the economy forward with regards to leadership,
restoring trust to the financial system and new opportunities. Panel
includes Pierre Pettigrew, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former
vice-president of Samson Belair/Deloitte & Touche International;
Don Tapscott, chairman of business think tank nGenera Insight and author
of Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World ;
Doug Steiner, chairman and CEO of Perimeter Financial Corp.; and
Jennifer White, entrepreneur-in-residence at MaRS Discovery District.
panels  economic_downturn  leadership  opportunities  financial_institutions  financial_system  Doug_Steiner  panel_moderation 
june 2009 by jerryking

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