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
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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: