Don’t you just hate it when the panel moderator takes forever to launch the panel discussion? Drones on and on, talks about him or herself?
While there is great debate in the moderator community about who should introduce the panelists, let’s put it on record that I’m not a big fan of panel introductions at all. Presumably, the bios are already published (either in the program or the meeting app), 99% of the attendees already know the panelists, and/or nobody
You’ve been asked to moderate a panel discussion and you know the first few moments will make or break the success of the session. Typically, you’ll kick it off with welcoming comments, an overview of the process and your role, as well as panelist introductions. You do this in order to connect the audience with the topic and the