How much research should a moderator do in preparation for a panel discussion? For some, not a lot is required because they are a seasoned moderator facilitating seasoned panelists discussing known issues and points of contention in front of a known audience.
I see it all the time: A panel that lacks visual diversity. It’s a bunch of middle-aged white men as panelists and no women or minorities. In fact, there is a new term for all-male panels. It’s a “manel” and they have gone viral via a Tumblr blog sarcastically called, Congrats! You Have an All-Male Panel.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 46 percent of Americans want ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos banned from all 2016 campaign coverage following the revelation last week that he’d failed to disclose 75,000 in personal donations to the Clinton Foundation. He has already bowed out of his scheduled appearance to moderate ABC’s February GOP debate in New Hampshire.
I was facilitating a roundtable discussion at an un-named conference recently and watched an A/V perfect storm – a confluence of events that, individually would have been no big deal. Taken together, it was severely irritating.
Obviously, everyone has an opinion. But if you have a lot to say about the topic, then you should be a panelist and not the moderator. Moderators who have deep expertise and opinions on the topic tend to jump in to the discussion – maybe more frequently than they should – and then who facilitates the