A professionally moderated debate allows you to discover what really drives your target audience, like employees and co-workers, clients and business relations, members or constituencies. This can be done in the classical way with speakers, panels and audience Q&A, in a House of Commons style debate, various TV formats or through workshops. The possibilities are numerous. I would like to discuss with you which concept fits your objectives best.
The job of a chair is more than announcing speakers, guarding the agenda and sticking to the timeline. As chairwoman, I make sure that there is 'air to breathe' in your congress, that nobody falls asleep and that the public keeps feeling involved throughout the event. Together with you, I will examine which décor and room set-up fits the chosen event format best to ensure that everyone feels engaged and can ask questions.
In addition to my policy and communications experience, I have a professional background as a theatre performer. I regularly play and sing in musicals. As a presenter, I constantly use this stage experience to think with you about the style of presentation that is most suitable for your organization and your audience. Do you opt for a Talk Show-like setting, or for a conference type of event? Do you want an informal or rather a formal tone in the conversations? Together we look at what is appropriate.
An independent facilitator is often indispensable if you want to get the most out of employee teams or clients at a strategic retreat, workshop or an ‘away-day’. Someone who stands above the content and the politics and allows everyone to participate and speak out in an impartial way.
In the planning phase, I would advise you on:
- content and structure of an event and program
- formulation and articulation of key messages
- translation of key messages into interview questions or hypotheses
- implementation of the chosen format