If you have been asked to moderate a webinar (or live event when we can go to those again), preparation is key to ensuring the session goes smoothly.
Here are some things to think about and questions to ask before the webinar to help you prepare.
What is the purpose of the webinar and who is the audience?
This is an important starting point because it will steer the questions you ask or choose from the audience. And understanding the audience is also important for knowing when to ask panellists to clarify or explain something in more detail.
What is the format?
As the moderator, once the event goes live you are the captain of the ship which means you need to keep things running smoothly. To do this you need to know the order of proceedings.
For example, are there presentations and in what order, is there a poll or polls and what is the timing of those? Will the audience get the opportunity to ask questions and when?
There is more tech to think about on a webinar so you may need to mute at certain points or switch off your video for presentations.Continue reading “How to moderate a webinar like a pro (part 1)”