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Our moderators are responsible for leading our sessions and ensuring they stay on topic. Moderators must attend virtual pre-event planning sessions and guide discussion on the day of the event. If you are a moderator, please follow the guidelines below.

Deadline to sign up as a moderator for GridTECH Connect Forum - California: May 30, 2024

Before the event:

  • Register for the event. Please reach out to Katie Kuzma for your unique registration link. 
  • Provide event management with a brief bio and a headshot.
  • Familiarize yourself with the session title and description as well as the speakers in your session.
  • Participate in planning sessions, including a virtual call approximately three weeks prior to the event. During planning sessions, moderators are responsible for guiding the discussion and identifying common themes, issues, and talking points. Creating a loose outline of the session is often helpful to all parties.
  • Identify questions that can be asked during the session to spark discussion amongst the group. Select a few questions to be saved to catalyze interaction with the audience in the Q&A portion afterward.

During the event:

  • Be prepared to welcome the audience and introduce the session. Show management may be able to assist with this element.
  • Introduce yourself as the moderator, providing your name and institutional affiliation.
  • Be prepared to introduce each panelist for the sake of allowing more time for discussion in the session. In some sessions, speakers will want to provide a brief introduction to the audience.
  • Let the audience know that there is a mic in the room that they can approach at the end of the session to ask any questions.
  • Drive the session adherent to your expertise and understanding of its description. Ensure there is depth to the conversation and the audience feels like they got what they expected.
  • Be mindful of the time allotted for the session, ensuring it begins promptly, stays on track, and ends on time. Show management will assist with this element.
  • At the end of the allotted session time, thank the presenters. If possible, include a brief summary of key points or takeaway ideas. Thank the audience and end the session.

Please note that moderators should not use their position to make personal opinions/statements, critiques, or to promote their work. Your role is to accentuate the session by highlighting what the speakers bring to the table and to draw out thoughtful reactions from the audience.