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Moderating and Participating in Team, Round-Table and Panel Presentations


Team presentations, round-table, and panel discussions are almost as frequent as individual presentations. Yet there is almost nothing written about them and no available training that I know of. When you present a solo presentation all you have to worry about is yourself. So you can see why these more complex presentations are perhaps the most difficult of all. There is so much more to prepare, plan, stage manage, and so many things can go wrong. But the main reason these presentations are less than effective is because speakers think that since they are sharing the spotlight they needn't prepare or some one else will do it all. The result is that most get poor marks and devastating evaluations. However, if they are done well, they can be a potent tool to persuade and impart memorable information.

Our overall objective is give you the tools to use the power of the team presentation, round-table, and panel discussion to it's maximum. We aim to give you the comfort level and polish to make the most of yourself as a team presenter or moderator and to serve as a motivating catalyst to your team.

Program Content

  1. Group presentations: The problems and benefits
    1. The challenge of moderating
    2. Contributing as a panelist or a team presenter
    3. Taking control
    4. Coping with stage fright and anxiety
  2. Defining our terms
    1. What is moderating and facilitating?
    2. What is a presentation?
      1. What is a team presentation (types and formats)?
      2. What is a panel?
      3. What is a round-table?
    3. Our credos
    4. Understanding group dynamics and audience expectations
  3. Preparation and planning
    1. Stage managing the event (including seating)
    2. Directing the event
      1. Summaries
      2. Questions
  4. The trouble spots
    1. Opening, introductions, and the essential elements of the opening block
    2. Closing: the concluding block and summaries
    3. Transitions - verbal, visual, vocal
    4. Audience questions and answers
      1. Keeping everyone on track: time and content
      2. How and when to intervene
      3. Dealing with difficult questions and questioners
      4. Drawing out shy and non-participating members
    5. Maximizing visual aids (including use of teleprompters)
  5. Overcome the six major speaking faults
    1. Lack of a clear and dominant purpose
    2. Loss of leadership through poor organization and lack of control
    3. Too much information
    4. Not enough examples and illustrations for your information and main message
    5. Monotonous voice, lack of vocal emphasis energy
    6. Not meeting or recognizing the real needs of the audience / speaking from your perspective
  6. Tips and options for group leaders (including suggestions for panelists)
  7. Tips and suggestions for team presenters
  8. Practice
  9. Finale: Summary and commitment

* The advantages, disadvantages, and various formats: panel discussions, round tables, and teams
* How to open with impact
* Smooth and persuasive transitions
* How to make the important decisions like where to summarize and how and when to interject
* Simple but effective techniques to introduce and summarize dynamically
* How to interact comfortably and naturally with your team members, round-table and panel members
* How to deal with difficult questions and questioners
* Preparation essentials
* How to stage manage for maximum impact
* How to use electronic devices where needed


  • This will be an interactive program with a great deal of discussions, demonstrations and practice.
  • Participants will be given an pre-class assignment to maximize our class time
  • Depending on the size of the group, we will use video taping
  • The major trouble spots of the team presentation, the round table, and the panel, for example how to introduce members or deal with difficult questioners will be practiced and evaluated
  • There will be a final project where participants will participate in a simulated team presentation, round-table, or panel discussion. During the final project, all elements discussed and learned in our workshop will be integrated.
  • You may select any one or all of the three types of presentations. We will design a program to meet your needs

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