Thank you very much for agreeing to serve as a moderator. PPI places heavy emphasis on the role of moderators, as they are the key conveyors of PPI’s longstanding tradition of fostering an open, peer-to-peer dialogue. Thus, as you consider or prepare for your role as moderator, we ask that you keep a few points in mind:
Keep the spotlight on the speakers. Be very brief (2 minutes maximum) in your introduction of the topic and speakers at the start of the session. We encourage moderators to avoid their own commentaries on the issues and instead focus on asking the right questions and promoting conversation with the speakers and the audience.
Encourage very concise responses from speakers. To allow time for a diverse number of perspectives, encourage speakers to keep responses brief (2-3 minutes maximum) and on topic. Questions should be answered in two minutes or less.
Promote debate. Whenever possible, bring out divergent viewpoints during the discussion.
Keep the discussion focused. Be prepared to interject and steer the conversation back to the key issues at hand, where needed.
Emphasize investable takeaways. Each session should provide takeaways that can immediately impact the day-to-day investment thinking of roundtable participants. While some discussions require addressing high-level issues, the effort should be made to include investable ideas.
Engage the audience directly. While we do like to highlight the session speakers, we encourage moderators to reach out to audience members throughout the discussion. As someone familiar with those in the audience, you may know individuals whose experiences might contribute meaningfully to the discussion. Bringing out these audience perspectives is as important as hearing from the session speakers. Use of slides by our speakers is prohibited.
Request that members of the audience introduce themselves before providing commentary. (If audience members fail to do so, ask them directly.)
Mind the prompts. At the foot of the stage, you will see a monitor with prompts for you and your panelists. The PPI audience expects to hear from the panelists equally, to have ample time for Q&A, and to end on time. Our prompts are to help you stay on track with a well-balanced session. The last two prompts will be a five-minute countdown timer and a prompt to close the session. View the prompts here.
When applicable, use the results from live polls to inform your discussion. Certain sessions will use live polling to inform discussions. Encourage the session speakers and participants to comment on the results of the polls.
If any of the above principles are unclear to you, please feel free to contact Piin-Fen Kok (email@example.com) or Shu Li (firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, thank you for serving as moderator and for your commitment to PPI.
Optional Session Recap: We invite each of the session moderators to provide a brief video recap of your panel discussion. While the thoughts are still fresh in your mind, please come to the back of the room during the break that will immediately follow your session. We will be set up to record a couple of minutes of your high-level summary: 1) What was your session about? (similar to how you introduced the session on stage) and 2) What did you perceive as the takeaways? (similar to how you will close the session). Because we observe the Chatham House Rule, please do not attribute your comments to any individuals on stage or in the audience. Click here for an example of a session recap.