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Daily Buzz: Event Moderating 101

How good moderators add value to an event

As an event moderator, your job is to introduce speakers, facilitate discussion, and make sure everything runs smoothly. Sound intimidating? It can be, especially if you have little or no experience in the role. If you want to be a successful moderator, there are a few key things to remember, says a recent post on the Eventbrite blog.

Before the big day, get your hands on the agenda so you know what the structure of the event will be.

“This will help you to plan your time, for example how early you’ll need to arrive, and will give you an idea of what’s expected on the day,” the Eventbrite team says. “Memorizing the agenda will also help you to keep your eye on the clock to make sure sessions don’t overrun.”

Also make sure you’re familiar with the content to be covered. During the event, remember that the speakers are the center of attention, not the moderator. Limit how much you talk, and use your time to advance the discussion instead of monologuing.

“Try to stick to short topic introductions, repeating audience questions for clarity as needed, and summarizing the speaker’s key points at the end,” the team suggests.

If the speaker is not grabbing the audience, you’ll need to get things back on track. Be prepared to ask follow-up questions that are open-ended and add value for the audience.

Please select this link to read the original article from Associations Now.

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