Moderating Panel Discussions

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How many panels fail to engage the audience? What is the role of the moderator in facilitating a compelling panel discussion?

Thaler Pekar & Partners believes that moderating a panel is like hosting a dinner party: the moderator is the host, and the panelists and the audience are the guests.

We will direct you in:

  • How to best prepare your panelists and plan for your role as moderator
  • How to joyfully welcome your panelists – and your audience
  • The art of sincere and meaningful introductions
  • Encouraging all of your panelists to speak, and enabling all of them to be heard
  • The importance of summarization and reflection at the close of the panel.

“Thank you for guiding me in how to be an effective moderator of a multi-day conference, from start to finish. The organizers appreciated my energy and enthusiasm, the way I kept conversations moving and fielded questions from the audience, and how even though I was on stage constantly I kept attention on the speakers. I managed to set the tone right at the beginning — formal without being stuffy, inviting while still structured. I repeated terms like collaboration, respect, listening, learning from each other, mutliple perspectives and agendas. By the end there was a real sense of common cause, of a common community with diverse interests and backgrounds. Thanks so much for helping me find the right tone for that. There were some real professional divisions in the room, and having the right tone made it possible for people to speak across to each other.

My introductions were well received, and I’m grateful for your help there as well.

I’m proud of the work I did, and I enjoyed it right through the end (despite being quite nervous at the start).”

– Alexander Gardner, Ph.D., Director and Chief Editor, The Treasury of Lives: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan Region

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 16, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Advanced Study

February 15, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 6-9, 2018
FRANK conference, FL

November 1, 2017
Staff Retreat: Communication & Story Exploration, NYC Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control

October 27, 2017
Storytelling is Only Half the Story, public program, NYC

September 27-29, 2017
Communications Network Conference

September 26, 2017
"The Corporate Communication Function and Social Responsibility", Emerson College, Boston

September 18 & 19, 2017
Oral History Collection, Ireland

September 13, 2017
Storytelling is Only Half the Story: The Value of Narrative Enquiry, Dublin, Ireland

August 16, 2017
NationSwell Council round table, Storytelling for Change, NYC

July 25, 2017
What is Story & Why it Matters to You & Your Clients, public affairs firm, Washington, DC

June 22-25, 2017
Images & Voices of Hope Media Summit

June 22 & 23, 2017
Narrative Team Building Retreat, international nonprofit

June 5, 2017
The Welcome Conference

May 22 & 23, 2017
Communicating Meaning: The Crucial Role of a Leader, public program, NYC

Week of April 24, 2017
Oral History Collection, Bermuda

April 12, 2017
Narrative Leadership Program,
global cosmetics company

March 23, 2017
Writing OpEds, Institute for Research on Women

March 1-3 , 2017
FRANK Conference

February 24, 2017
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Story, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

February 23, 2017
Why & How True Stories Matter, keynote, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

February 15, 2017
Montefiore Medical Center ObGYN Advocacy Track