Moderating Candidate Events Procedures and Techniques for Stress-Free Moderating League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., 62 Grand Street, Albany, NY 12207
Who in your League….
Who in your League (cont’d)….
The right moderator….
The “apprentice moderator”:
Candidate Engagement Periods
Opening Statement Period:
Types of Questions:
Target of Questions:
Open “Cross-Talk” Period
Rules about Questions:
Rules about Questions from the Floor:
You should be:
Know the venue.
Know the forum.
Know the race
Know the candidates
Come early to check status of preparations.
Someone should make sure there’s:
Meet with the Candidates
If you’re working with a sponsoring organization or co-sponsor:
Dealing with Media/The Media
Candidates that go over time:
Candidates that get obstreperous:
Audiences that get unruly:
Questions that are really an attack:
Questioners that want to argue with a candidate:
Questioners that want to make a speech:
Broken Record Questions:
People demand to see the questions afterwards: