Moderating a panel discussion that is actually interesting

Moderating a panel discussion that is actually interesting

I’m often asked how I started in public speaking. I’m certainly naturally drawn to it as you can see from the photo of me prepping for one of my first talks. It also takes diligence to create and deliver engaging, relevant content. One of the ways I got started speaking at industry conferences was by moderating panel discussions. It’s a great way to get used to being on stage and presenting content to an audience. I did well at moderating which led to being asked to take on larger roles. But if you’re new to moderating, the task can seem daunting. Here are my top tips for moderating a panel. I’ve added notes specific to impact and ESG investing, but the format works for any topic.

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Conference Highlights & Photos: TruValue Labs 2019 US Conference

Conference Highlights & Photos: TruValue Labs 2019 US Conference

Over the past 5 years I’ve watched with interest as TruValue Labs has grown from startup to well known ESG data provider. Their approach to gathering data is unique and has always interested me, so I was thrilled when they asked if I would help them with their 2019 US Conference. I had a dual role of emcee and an unusual role of being an extra pair of eyes and ears for attendees. I watched each presentation and panel closely, then at the end of the event, summed up all of the themes, key takeaways, and action items I saw for attendees. Below is a recap of those themes and takeaways along with some photos. If you want more photos and highlights, there’s a Twitter moment here; if you prefer a short video wrap up, you can see that here.

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