While the role of panel moderator is fairly well documented and respected activity the "whole day moderator" at a conference tends to be seen as a mix between a water-boy and a linkedin profile reader.
Refusing to be either of them, I gave go at putting the job in the spotlight it deserves, by listing the duties of he moderator:
- Keep a straight line: Every event sometimes feels like a hazardous stumbling walk through presentations of various flavors, styles and topics. That's why the moderator helps connect the dots to give the event a sense of completeness and cohesion.
- Be a good companion: It's always annoying to see a good mate's best story wasted because the audience is left asleep by a lunch, scattered by a break, dreaming from a presentation or simply muted in the expectation of the closing beers. This...