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Mastering Moderation

24 September 2015 - 9:00 am - 25 September 2015 - 5:00 pm CEST

€740 – €1140

A workshop for conference moderators facilitators

(registration form at the bottom of the page)

Moderation is a professional skill you acquire through experience. It’s all about interaction, interviewing, group dynamics, and leading discussions and processes. The best way to learn it is through plenty of practice and by watching the experts.

You’ll be given that opportunity by Kim Coppes and Jan-Jaap In der Maur, who have dozens of years’ experience and hundreds of meetings under their belts. In a two-day training course with lots of individual attention, you will practice every aspect of the profession under their supervision. Because that’s exactly what it is: a profession!

What are we going to do?

Practice, practice, practice. We believe that the only way to master moderation is by doing it. During two intensive days, we will cover all the basic skills of the profession:

  • Chairing: The basis for good facilitation. How do you structure a meeting, how do you split speaking time and attention, and how do you keep things moving while still going into depth?
  • Moderating: How do you generate interaction? You’ll gain experience of techniques and tricks that help participants really get talking to each other. And you’ll be given scenarios that can hamper effective interaction.
  • Interviewing: What’s the right question at the right time? Whether you’re questioning one person or in conversation with a panel, a podium interview is a discipline in itself.
  • Event architecture: How do you design a programme that helps achieve the objective of the day and, above all, what is your role in it as a moderator? Choosing the right tone and pace are crucial. You’ll learn to choose between being detail-oriented and flexible, between polarising and building bridges, and between a pressure cooker and slow simmer.
  • Podium presence: How do you stand and what aura do you exude? You want to feel confident and move smoothly around the room.
  • Presenting: How do you write good presentations/announcements and how do you make them convincing? You’ll learn how to make content-driven choices, how to choose the right tone, and how to forge connections between your speakers and participants.

What will you get out of it?

Groei in crisitijd 2In this fast-paced workshop, you’ll get tips and advice from not one but two seasoned professionals, who’ll be keen to share their knowledge and experience with you. In a selected group, you’ll gain a wealth of experience. Since there’ll be no more than 12 people in the group, every participant will get plenty of individual attention. .

This workshop is suitable for people who:

  • Have some basic experience in moderating and want to take it to the next level;
  • Are in a management position and have to facilitate internal meetings;
  • Work for local or national government and have to chair public meetings;
  • Are event-professionals or are used to being on stage in other roles (speaker, entertainer, etc) and want to expand their offer to the market;
  • Work in PR, communications or advertising, with responsibility for client events, which they want present themselves;
  • Have agreed without thinking it through to moderate a future event and are now terrified by the prospect;
  • Want to find out if they have the skills and talent for this profession.


Nederland, landsmeer 6-2-2012 Kim Coppes foto; ineke oostveen

Kim Coppes is a moderator-facilitator, drama workshop leader, interviewer and trainer in presentation technique, leadership & collaboration, and communication.

As a moderator, she’s as sharp as she’s disarming. Kim’s skills can be mobilised in a wide range of contexts: her personality makes her able to truly connect with any group. She works in a way that’s relaxed, alert and humorous all at the same time.

With her broad interests, there’s virtually no subject she can’t tackle. And her substantial experience makes her suitable for practically any concept, be it in a huge conference hall or a small management setting, from a serious debate to a lively awards show.

DSC_0066 copyJan-Jaap In der Maur is a moderator-facilitator, owner of Masters in Moderation.com and writer-director of corporate films.

Jan-Jaap uses questions as his most important tools and is not easily satisfied by an answer. Neither during the meeting itself nor at the development stage. He spurs on his clients to get thinking about what their true goal is. What demonstrable deliverables should the event provide to make it worth the investment? Clients value his support during the preparatory phase most highly. And on the day itself Jan-Jaap likes to get people thinking; his conviction is that only by shaking things up and asking probing questions can you arrive at new insights. Clear and frank. He’s always on the lookout for substance and interaction. Be it while exchanging knowledge, fostering mutual understanding, collaborating or looking for solutions.

Workshop language: English

After the course the coaches will stay available for questions by email or phone. Masters In Moderation will provide a platform for interaction with fellow-students.



24 September 2015 - 9:00 am
25 September 2015 - 5:00 pm
€740 – €1140
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Masters in Moderation


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St Martins Lane, Covent Garden
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