There is very little drama in panels. I’d like to see the panelists a bit more intellectually pugilistic, but they rarely are–perhaps because the panelists are picked, not for their passionate convictions, but for the fact that they know the panel moderator, and it’s easier for the panel moderator to call his/her friends and ask for their time.
Paul Kedrosky and I share a friend in the private equity business who asked us to contribute to a publication called PRIVATE EQUITY INTERNATIONAL. I wrote about speaking to private equity conferences, and Paul wrote about moderating panels and being a panelist.
Paul has a great blog post on his website called Ten rules for being a great panel moderator. He’s as interested in drama as I am, and he’s sharp and witty on the subject of being a great panel moderator, and so I refer you to him. He knows whereof he speaks.
Please click on the link if you want some great instruction on how to be a great panel moderator. And PS, my ulterior motives are nil. I don’t know Paul, never met him, and just this minute got his permission to send you his way. However, I really like his blog.
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