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Purpose of Moderation:
Provide information and obtain public input and advice

Roles of the Moderator

Preparation

  • Develop ground rules appropriate for the degree of formality required
  • Prepare a script

Atmosphere

  • Establish a formal or informal ambience depending on purpose
  • Ensure security and respect

Neutrality

  • Assure clarity on information exchange
  • Maintain independence

Procedures

  • Clarify role of moderator
  • Establish and maintain order
  • Assure accurate record

Fairness

  • Treat all participants in the same manner
  • Apply procedures evenly

Meeting Management

  • Minimize interference by news media, phones, conversations
  • Keep to a schedule, but break when appropriate

Encouragement

  • Help speakers to be relaxed
  • Thank people for their input
  • Acknowledge thoughtful presentations

Substance

  • Encourage relevant information being available
  • Be alert to misinformation
  • Provide reminders to purpose

Recording

  • Keep track of speakers, time
  • Note particular points for clarification, as necessary
  • Help the stenographer prepare verbatim transcript of meeting

Satisfaction

  • Assure sufficient time for public comment
  • Demand respect for official processes and participants

 

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