What is moderation?

Did you know that the term moderation originally comes from Latin and means "to mitigate", "to steer" or "to direct"? To direct, steer or moderate an event - this therefore describes the core task of a moderator very well. In addition to the well-known moderation of television and radio programs, moderation also means leading a group in discussions, meetings or workshops. The moderator directs the events but does not actively influence the content of the discussion or the behavior of the group. There are plenty of occasions for facilitation: Do you want to set goals and strategies as a supervisor? Do you want to lead a workshop or solve current problems in a team - whereby the supervisor does not automatically have to take on the role of moderator? The appropriate moderation method can help you to achieve sustainable results quickly.

What moderation methods are there?

In discussions, meetings, teleconferences, etc., employees often exchange ideas with each other in a committed manner. However, if in the end no concrete and documented results are achieved in the meeting, this is probably due to a missing or unsuitable moderation method. Meeting moderation is therefore a crucial tool for successful meetings. Those who consciously integrate tried and tested moderation methods design meetings more efficiently and thus more satisfactorily for all participants. Meeting facilitation is about comprehensive and result-oriented discussion of important decision-making processes. In our moderation training, you will learn how to use efficient moderation methods for result-oriented meetings and thus use time and manpower productively elsewhere.

Another important moderation method is workshop moderation. If an internal workshop or event is taking place in your company, it can make sense to moderate together with colleagues from other areas or to have them moderate. This allows the participants to concentrate fully on the content. The participants sit in a semicircle without a table. The media used are pin boards or flip charts. The resulting "forum" forms the center. This moderation method is used particularly frequently in practice. Other important moderation methods that you can learn and train with us:

- Large group moderation
- event moderation
- Online moderation

What are the tasks of a moderator?

A good moderator conveys authenticity, controls the processes and the group and keeps a low profile when introducing content. The facilitator does not provide content arguments - rather, it is about steering and controlling the group. A good moderator is responsible for the structure and the documentation of the developed contents. The moderator therefore takes a neutral and impartial stance and only provides methodological suggestions. In principle, the role of the moderator can be compared to that of an organizer. Whether preparing the dramaturgy, procuring the necessary moderation material, dealing with suitable moderation techniques or the goal of the moderation - the moderator is responsible for all of this. Being a moderator means much more than just making an announcement on stage. The moderator directs and leads the group. He/she asks specific questions and supports the group in reaching reasonable results. He/she summarizes what has been discussed and even brings ambiguous content clearly to the point.

Moderation is an art. With us, you and your employees will learn how to moderate efficiently. Through successful and goal-oriented meetings, you will reduce time and costs and increase employee satisfaction. Ask now about our (online) workshops on moderating (online) meetings and meeting management.