Moderating a panel discussion is a little like diving into a shark tank.
On the one hand, you have the audience with its expectations of information, entertainment and new knowledge.
On the other hand, there are the participants, with quite individual interests, communication talents and goals.
And the discussion moderator sits in the middle of all this. The moderator has to ensure that every opinion gets expressed and heard that needs to be, that people who like to talk too much do not dominate the discussion and that those who are too quiet do not fade into the background, that confrontations do not devolve to the personal level, that targeted provocations reintroduce dynamism into conversation and that most of all, nobody is bored or feels like they are in the wrong place.
Anyone who moderates panel discussions should not be afraid of conflict
The ability to successfully deal with the conflict potential that is in every discussion group is one of the most important talents that need to be exercised when moderating rounds of discussion. It is necessary to find the right degree of applying the brakes to incipient escalations, and at the same time, the moderator needs to keep the discussion dynamic by means of critical monitoring.
A challenge that I have often and gladly posed and provide.
Good preparation, good panel discussion
As a professional presenter of panel discussions, I also count preparing as an important part of my task and will support you with planning and moderating your discussion.
Do you have any questions about a planned panel discussion?
I would be pleased to advise you – free of charge and without obligation.
If you have any questions or would like to book me as moderator, speaker or head of your panel discussion, please contact me at
- Büro Birte Karalus, OpernTurm, 60306 Frankfurt am Main