Moderator web notes:
Here are some key points to keep in mind while moderating:
1. When you introduce speakers, give the audio person an audible cue with a short pause
2. before the speaker name. Please welcome (SHORT PAUSE), Jane Doe.
3. Music will start. Speaker gets a tap on the shoulder from the stage manager to walk on.
4. Don’t let time get behind, there will be a timer on stage to help you stay on track.*
5. Take 2 mins of Q&A from audience or from the social media/twitter assistant who will have a mic.
6. Don’t take new questions if less than 30 secs to go
7. If no questions, please prepare at least one intelligent question as a back up.
8. Walk on stage when time is up if the speaker has not stopped speaking (Romie Littrell, our stage manager will tap you on back to walk on.)
*If a speaker goes over, cut time from their Q&A.
Lightning Talks (5 minutes)
Your role as a moderator is to welcome everyone to the session and then to announce each speaker in turn. You don’t have any slides. Each talk is 5 minutes long with just a few seconds transition between each speaker. Once one speaker finishes, another speaker will begin. There is no Q&A for the lightning talks. If speakers run over you need to politely go onto the stage in order to indicate that they must stop talking.
Regular talks (10 minutes, 8+2)
Your role as a moderator is to welcome everyone to the session, say a few words about your company and then to announce each speaker in turn. You will chair any questions from the audience or via twitter (you’ll be given an iPad with questions from twitter). You don’t need to prepare any slides yourself. Each talk is 8 minutes plus 2 minutes of Q&A. If speakers run over you need to politely go onto the stage in order to indicate that they must stop talking.
Your role is to welcome everyone to the session and then to introduce each panelist and chair any questions from the audience. The panel session is 35 minutes long including q&a from the audience, so make sure to set aside some discussion time for this.