Agile – empathetic – professional
“I don’t have to be the fifth expert in a panel discussion” (Maybritt Illner, journalist and German television host).
The word “moderate” comes from the Latin (moderare) and means to direct, guide and moderate.
Moderators have the job of directing events and talks from the beginning to the end. They guide the pace of the contributions so that the goals, themes and time planning of the event are kept to. They direct and foster the flow of a panel discussion and intervene when necessary. The job of a moderator is to build a relationship between the people on the stage and the public. This is also true for the guests in a panel discussion.