New Tip Sheet Describes Ins and Outs of Moderating Panels

For immediate release                                  Contact:    Ed Barks
Wednesday, January 4, 2012                                          (540) 955-0600


Executives and subject matter experts are frequently called upon to moderate panel discussions. Yet not all possess the skills needed to do the job effectively.

Barks Communications President Ed Barks has published a new resource to help them successfully guide panelist performance and manage questions from audience members. The tip sheet is titled, “Top 10 Panel Moderator Methods.”

“We’ve all attended panel discussions where moderators take for granted that things will run according to plan,” Barks said. “But when trouble arises in the form of anything from a rogue audience member to inattention to the clock, they always wish they had prepared ahead of time.

“’Top 10 Panel Moderator Methods’ offers a concise briefing that helps put an executive on the path to becoming a master moderator,” he continued.

Among the advice contained in the new tip sheet:

  • Set expectations with event organizers to clarify your role.
  • Collect concise bios from all panelists well in advance.
  • Start your panel promptly. Never punish those who arrive on time.
  • Enforce agreed-upon time limits.
  • Insist that all audience questions come in the form of questions—no harangues or tirades.

“Top 10 Panel Moderator Methods” is available from Barks Communications by calling (540) 955-0600.

Ed Barks works with executives who want to ensure their media training efforts result in long-term business success, and with subject matter experts who want to enhance their career paths. The former radio broadcaster is the author of The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations. As President of Barks Communications since 1997, he has taught more than 3900 business leaders, association executives, government officials, athletes, entertainers, non-profit executives, and public relations staff how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and testify before government officials.