Speakers’ & Moderators’ Meeting Point
A service point and oasis for the speakers and moderators. At this meeting point moderators will get introduced to one another and be briefed. The moderator's role is somewhere between a chairperson and host/hostess. It's the moderator's responsibility to:
-Keep the meeting on track - digressions are fine but if the conversation strays too far off topic it's your job to bring it gently back on track again.
-Make sure that everyone feels that their voice has been heard.
-Make sure that no one person's voice is heard too much (and that includes your own!).
-Encourage consensus up to a point. This does not mean that everybody has to agree as it wouldn't be much of a discussion if they did, but that people express their alternate opinions in constructive ways that open a point up for discussion rather than disrespectfully squashing the opposition!
Hanne Svejstrup, Jens Pedersen