Frameworks for panel moderation

As someone who’s moderated a few conference panels in recent months, and is preparing for doing another one in June, I found Guy Kawasaki’s tips on how to be a great moderator quite useful: Don’t over-prepare the panelists. Do prepare yourself in advance. Never let panelists use PowerPoint. Never let panelists use anything special. Make them introduce themselves in thirty seconds. Break eye contact with the panelists. Make everyone else look smart. Stand up for the audience. Involve the audience. Seize the day. See Guy’s post for his detailed explanations with each point. This fits with my belief that conferences are about frameworks and participation as I wrote about on my old blog in January: […] The speaker’s/presenter’s responsibility is […]

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California pics on Flickr

I’ve just uploaded a bunch of photos to Flickr, all re my California trip including lots from the New Communications Forum. You can see the set here. Also, check out all the tagged Forum photos at Flickr. Here’s a favourite – Shel and I with Jeff Clavier (on the left) and Sallie Goetsch, two of the regular listeners to FIR: Pic taken for us with my camera by Elizabeth Albrycht. (Click on the image to see a bigger version at Flickr.) More to come. [Technorati: newcomm forum, ncf2006]

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NCF2006: Hear the feedback

It’s been a tremendous week here in California! The New Communications Forum in Palo Alto was an outstanding professional development and networking event and I am very pleased indeed to have been part of it. I wish I’d been able to post more about the Forum than I was able to. But lots of other participants have done that, so there is a rich seam of commentary and opinion to mine. I’ll be posting a bit more during the next few days before I get back to Amsterdam next week. Jen McClure and Elizabeth Albrycht did a fantastic job organizing this event. And Matt Galloway has done something really interesting – he’s set up the New Communications Forum Buzz-o-Phone where […]

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For Immediate Release Mashup Edition – March 2, 2006

The Rock and Roll Geek Show‘s Michael Butler interviews FIR‘s Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz and On the Record Online‘s Eric Schwartzman at the New Communications Forum, Palo Alto, California, USA. A 57-minute podcast. Download the file here (MP3, 39MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future FIR shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as the free Juice, DopplerRadio, iTunes or Yahoo! Podcasts, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon). Listen to this podcast now: Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The […]

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The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #116: March 2, 2006

Content summary: Special edition live at the New Communications Forum; Neville and Shel announce a podcasting-book deal with McGraw-Hill; conversations with John Cass, Jeremy Wright, Jory des Jardins, Elisa Camahort, Debbie Weil, Michael Geoghegan, Shel Israel, Philip Young; report from Dan York; Eric Schwartzman in conversation with Phil Gomes; Stephen Turcotte talks to Robert Scoble and Sam Decker; listeners’ comments discussion (e-workplace applications, not coming to Canada, pronunciation guide, Edelman blogging conference in Germany, approvals for internal podcasting); the music; and more. Show notes for March 2, 2006 (Photo by Philip Young) Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 81-minute podcast recorded live from the New Communications Forum conference, Palo Alto, California, USA. Download the file […]

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