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What went well?/ What would you replicate or like to see replicated?

  • Small group allowing for good interactions

  • I loved the acting, very interacting and entertaining

  • It was very well prepared and I really enjoyed the interaction between everyone. It was informative and entertaining!

  • Variety of voices so it wasn't just one person droning on; interactive but not forced participation.

  • The powerpoint was effective. So was having multiple members speak their piece.

  • I found the activities really helpful because they allowed us to grapple with the most important elements of panel-planning/facilitation and provided us an opportunity to get feedback. The rerouting/repairing example phrases in the slides helped me better understand those concepts.

  • Liked the exercises, interactive bits 

What needs improvement?

  • I think this workshop would have worked better if it was broken down to two different sessions, one focusing on preparing before the panel and one on what to do during the panel. Also if the participants were told the material to prepare for beforehand would have helped them feel more prepared to jump in the discussion.

  • I think maybe having more rehearsed examples which we then model

  • In general, I'd like to see St. John's events start and end on time. This event was far from the worst at keeping on schedule but when an event starts on time it feels more respectful of participants' time.

  • Maybe fewer volunteer hypos (slightly reminiscent of class)

  • Encourage more engagement / feedback throughout

What did you learn?

  • Moderating is hard work. It gave me a better and more accurate understanding of how much time I should expect to set aside to prepare for a panel if I am moderating.

  • Very useful principles on how to host/moderate and prepare for a panel

  • I learned the skills necessary to be an effective moderator, how to efficiently lead a productive discussion.  

  • What could go wrong. I have only moderated one panel and there was little room for error. It was helpful to hear and see some less desirable possible scenarios and learn general strategies for how to bring it back to to the the topic at hand or at least to a productive conversation.

  • The important role of ensuring all the speakers get their ideas heard.

  • I learned that, as a moderator, you should determine whether the goal of the panel is to be informational or action-oriented. I also learned the tips for rerouting/repairing. I appreciated the discussions on the different kinds of ways people can take up space from marginalized communities because I realized that I had failed to consider people with disabilities in my mock “gatekeeper” panel-planning, even though I know able-ism has a very significant role in many workplaces’ hiring and retention practices. It was a great reminder for me to stay vigilant w/r/t keeping an eye on my implicit biases. 

  • How to handle conflicts among panelists

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