A Note On Moderating Panels

Posted by: Jon Fine on March 12, 2008

My problem with moderating a panel chockful of interesting people chatting about interesting subjects is that I find it impossible to take notes on what everyone’s saying while it’s happening, and I can’t remember much of what was said afterward.

(I know: I should probably just tape the damn things.)


Nevertheless: thanks to all who suggested questions, on this blog and via email, for the panel I moderated today. I was able to ask a good number of them. When I return I’ll try to track down a recording and give a fuller account of who said what.

In the meantime, Jeff Jarvis at Buzz Machine blogged some highlights here. (Scroll down past his account of Disney CEO Robert Iger's remarks--actually, don't scoll past them, because those are worth reading as well.)

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Christa Avampato

March 13, 2008 10:13 AM

I also think having live bloggers in the room can help capture information that is missed, either by attendees or moderators. It provides an easy way for people to refer back to the notes at a later point, complete their own notes, and is especially helpful at conferences with multiple sessions during single time slots. The wisdom of crowds in action...

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